MILWAUKEE — A judge has ruled a 13-year-old girl not competent to stand trial in a fatal hit-and-run crash. However, a doctor told the court Monday, October 15th the girl is likely to regain competency.
The girl is accused in the fatal hit-and-run crash that killed 57-year-old Ronald Forbes on Monday, August 6th. Forbes was riding to work on his bicycle when he was struck near 65th and Hampton in Milwaukee.
The girl faces four felony charges as an adult, however, she could seek a waiver to be tried as a juvenile.
The criminal complaint in the case indicates the girl and another person had stolen the car from a home on N. 39th St. The girl was seen driving the vehicle at a high rate of speed. According to the passenger in the car who talked to police, the girl was warned to watch out for the bicyclist. The complaint says the girl seemed to be driving right toward the victim intentionally.
The complaint says after striking Forbes, the girl “was laughing about striking the victim stating something like, ‘He shouldn’t have been in the street.’”
After some investigation, officers tracked the girl down at a home on N. 39th St.
The girl told police: “I was going fast, about 80 mph and the music was loud.” She told officers she went through a red light at 68th and Hampton, and then through a second light. Moments later, she apparently “saw a lot of traffic then heard a ‘bump or boom’ noise and turned around.”
Immediately after the crash, the complaint indicates the girl turned the corner, parked the car and jumped into another vehicle that had pulled up behind her. She asked the boys in that vehicle to take her home. On the way home, that vehicle ran out of gas and the complaint says “she tried to steal another van to get home.”
Diane Cole, Forbes’ sister, was in court when the girl was initially ruled incompetent to stand trial.
“If she’s competent enough to take that car and drive it at 80 miles an hour, then why isn’t she competent enough to stand trial? I hope she goes to trial and this doesn’t continue to torture the family for years to come,” Cole said.
The girl is due back in court November 2nd. If convicted, the girl faces up to 60 years in prison.