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Vehicle fleeing from police crashes into pole, driver killed

Police had terminated the pursuit due to high speeds when the driver crashed
Romon Lashawn Rimmer Jr.
Posted at 5:27 AM, Aug 16, 2022

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Police Department is investigating after a suspect fleeing from police crashed his vehicle into a pole, resulting in his death.

Family identified the man as Romon Lashawn Rimmer Jr.

Romon Lashawn Rimmer Jr.
Romon Lashawn Rimmer Jr.

Officials said the incident began around 1:15 a.m. near Atkinson and Congress. Police saw a vehicle speeding in the area and attempted a traffic stop. The driver, 28-year-old Rimmer, failed to stop and fled from the police.

MPD officers initiated a pursuit but had to terminate it a short while later due to high speeds.

The vehicle then crashed into a pole near 32nd and Glendale. The driver, Rimmer, got out of the vehicle and ran off on foot but inevitably collapsed due to his injuries from the crash, police say.

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A man has died after a police pursuit led to a crash early Tuesday morning.

A community member saw Rimmer and contacted the police. When officers arrived, they called for medical assistance but Rimmer died on the scene.

Bennett MCcoy has lived in the area for nearly two years and said he was in bed getting ready for bed before hearing a loud noise.

"I was laying in my bed watching a movie and I heard the tires swerve and then I heard the boom boom," MCcoy said.

He said he has become accustomed to car crashes.

"Since I been living here this is the eighth accident that I've seen on this block," MCcoy said.

MCcoy hopes something will be done to address car crashes in the area. He believes a stop light would solve the problem.

Milwaukee police said they recovered a firearm and narcotics from the vehicle. The investigation into this incident is ongoing, according to MPD. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 414-935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS.

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