Witness describes crash that killed teen

Posted at 5:25 PM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-19 18:25:58-05

MILWAUKEE -- The driver of a stolen car was killed, and two teenage girls were injured in a crash at 19th and Olive in Milwaukee Monday night.

Police said the driver lost control, clipped another car and smashed into a tree. TODAY’S TMJ4  talked to a boy who watched the whole thing happen.

Darin Bennett said his quiet evening was rocked by a sound he still can't shake.

"The first thud was light and didn't sound like anything bad,” recalls Bennett. “But when we heard the impact on the tree, it wasn't a good feeling."

Police said Giovanni Cole, 19, was behind the wheel of a stolen car. His two female passengers, a 15 and 16 year old, were badly hurt.

"Well, we opened the door. Originally, we were going to come out. But once we saw the cops with their guns, my momma had us go back in. We started watching from the windows, and that's when we saw pretty much everything,” explains Bennett.

He managed to take video on his phone. It shows the wreckage from a closer angle. In the daylight, there's no escaping the memory.

“My whole family was having a hard time. I texted them this morning just to make sure they're alright and they're going through the same thing,” Bennett said.

The two female passengers haven't been identified. The accident happened near Rufus King International High School. TODAY’S TMJ4 asked MPS if the passengers were students, but officials said they don't believe there's a connection.

The girls are still in the hospital with serious injuries, but are expected to recover.