Police: Driver smoked synthetic marijuana before crashing car

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WEST ALLIS (WITI) -- Law enforcement officials say a 21-year-old man was smoking synthetic marijuana when he crashed his Jeep -- critically injuring a 15-year-old passenger. It happened Thursday afternoon on I-894 NB in West Allis. The driver's father says his son is filled with remorse over what happened.

Officials say the 15-year-old passenger was taken to Children's Hospital on Thursday with a fractured spine, broken bones, swelling in his brain and other injuries.

The Jeep's driver faces five criminal charges -- and there could be more.

Richard Tompkins' 21-year-old son Mitchell is in the Milwaukee County Jail facing charges that could land him in prison for up to 36 years.

"I'm just hoping the kid pulls through," Tompkins said of the 15-year-old victim.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office says Mitchell Tompkins was driving on I-894 NB with three passengers -- two 15 year olds and a 16-year-old.

Witnesses say Tompkins was driving between the third lane and the distress lane when he hit a disabled pickup truck.

"He said 'dad, the steering wheel started shaking and we went sideways.' He lost control," Richard Tompkins said.

Shortly after the accident, Mitchell Tompkins called his dad to the scene.

Richard Tompkins watched as first responders removed a 15-year-old friend of Mitchell from the rear passenger seat of the Jeep.

"I`m very sorry for the kid. What I seen that day, no parent should see that," Richard Tompkins said.

The Sheriff's Office says Mitchell Tompkins had K2 and a glass pipe in his car.

One of his passengers said Tompkins had been smoking K2 while driving -- while the others smoked marijuana.

Richard Tompkins spoke to his son on Friday, and says he has a message for the family of the 15-year-old who is critically injured.

"That he`s very sorry. That he`s very sorry that it happened. He`s really worried about him. He knows it`s his fault," Tompkins said.

The two other passengers in the car had minor injuries.

9 comments

  • Chuck Benedon

    This story perpetuates the myths about marijuana. This drug you call synthetic marijuana has nothing to do with marijuana. I take personal insult to your thinking you can broadcast false and misleading information like that and expect thinking people to believe it. I turned off your station for ever. I can’t support such stupidity.

    • Just Me

      I know everybody involved in the accident, and the driver was also texting and driving. I’m not saying the K2 had nothing to do with it, but it was honestly the texting and driving.

  • Snuffy Zompa

    People that know the guy say that he just can’t drive…got to love the Fox News spin on things

    • Yo

      My boyfriend was interviewed for this because he was in the car, the reporter lied and said it was an interview about the texting and driving and she turned it into all about drugs.

  • Kellie Greuel

    I NEVER saw him sober, he was always messed up on something. He would STEAL Robitussin pills from Walgreens to get high he was so desperate for a buzz. He needs jail time and rehab before he kills somebody.

    • Yo

      Agreed, but like I said, he’s driven under the influence before, it was because he was texting that caused the accident. 36 years is not enough…

  • Earl Fox

    my son is ok but others will never be the same and Mitch the driver couldn’t drive to save his life he is an addict and he has harmed and disappointed everyone he has ever met.i am eternally sorry for Jesus Garcia and my prayers are with him and his family. and there are others hurt by this!

    • Cheryl hebel

      Earl, I am also only concerned about Jesus, and I wish I had an update on him. I raised Mitch after his parents abandoned him at age two. He is not evil, but very misguided, despite my attempts to help him. I am so thankful that your son is ok and I pray everyday for the young Man who is NOT ok. I am sorry to you all.

    • uh

      Uh Brandon was effected by this physically and mentally. Before you way that he’s okay, he wassn’t. He wasnt even smoking and he saw his friend almost due. Not many people understand that trauma.

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