Driver dead, young passenger badly hurt after crash, driver’s brother says: “I want to know why”

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A young man was killed and his passenger seriously injured in a crash that occurred early Sunday morning, May 3rd near 36th and Clarke.

It happened around 7:15 a.m.

Investigators say an SUV was headed southbound on N. 36th Street at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway and struck a tree, killing the unlicensed 19-year-old male driver. He has been identified as Dominic Smith. An 11-year-old male passenger was taken to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Family members tell FOX6 News Smith and his 11-year-old passenger are cousins. They were apparently asked to move a vehicle prior to the crash, family members say.

The vehicle came to a rest in front of a home near 36th and Clarke.

Crash at 36th & Clarke

Crash at 36th & Clarke

"I'm sorry that all the other children had to see this," Patrice Rollins said.

Rollins' daughter was home with the crash happened.

"From what she described, it was horrific. She said it was a big boom and her window happened to be open and it scared her," Rollins said.

After the vehicle was taken away from the scene, family members began arriving. They say the older of the two was asked to move his mother's vehicle.

"They just told them to pull the car around, so that's what they were supposed to be, pulling the car around," a family member said.

"They were good kids. My brother wasn't out here in these streets. My little cousin wasn't out here in these streets. It was just a terrible accident," Keith Smith, the brother of the 19-year-old driver said.

Rollins says it's amazing no one else was hurt.

"Parents -- we need to be out here looking after our children," Rollins said.

"It's just messed up that this happened to them. I just want to know why. That's all I really want to know is why my little brother left today," Smith said.

A vigil was held for Smith Monday evening near the scene of the crash.

36th and Clarke crash vigil

36th and Clarke crash vigil

36th and Clarke crash vigil

36th and Clarke crash vigil

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.

13 comments

  • tiredofcrime

    Don’t you think there may be a reason why a D.L. was not granted? Like failure of the driving test? Or the excuse that it is ok to not have one? Laws are written for a reason.

  • tiredofcrime

    Where is your concern for the innocent citizens that could of been hurt/killed because of this individuals lack of concern for others by speeding so fast he left the road? jeesh!

  • Want an answer

    Is it true that judges take away driver’s license rights of people convicted of crimes having nothing to do with driving or roads? It was in the past, and it never made sense to me And with the unfortunate but undeniable epidemic of stolen cars crashing it is relevant to the story.

  • crystaline

    They may have been great kids and it is so very sad and unfortunate the grown adults didn’t have the common sense to not allow somebody without a license to drive their vehicle.

  • kw

    so sad and tragic sorry to the family.. my prayers are being sent up for you all. Rest in Heaven young man. God needed you home.. also sending prayers up for the other boy who was injured may God be with him and help him heal.

  • ItSAHOOT

    Why did the adults put a responsibility like that on a young man who did not have a license to drive? Even if it’s just to move the vehicle, he shouldn’t have been in there moving it.

  • really

    So. Didnt mom know he didnt have a license.and it sure sounds…like he was doing more then just moving the car…it is tragic…people need to take responsibility…

  • Mr. Bob

    “They just told them to pull the car around, so that’s what they were supposed to be, pulling the car around,” a family member said. “They were good kids. My brother wasn’t out here in these streets. My little cousin wasn’t out here in these streets. It was just a terrible accident,” Keith Smith, the brother of the 19-year-old driver said. Rollins says it’s amazing no one else was hurt. “Parents — we need to be out here looking after our children,” Rollins said. “It’s just messed up that this happened to them. I just want to know why. That’s all I really want to know is why my little brother left today,” Smith said.
    Getting tired of the same old rhetoric. “They were good kids. My brother wasn’t out here in these streets.” Why in the fu** are you allowing this 19 year old UNLICENSED DRIVER to move the car??? Thank goodness noone else was hurt or killed. Cut the excuses and accept responsibility for your actions….

    • anna

      Im so sorry for yo lost. N i knew Jonathan. Yes he us a great kid. He walked my son to the bus stop everyday. They go to the same school. He got a nice head on got shoulders .i pray he get better. N i was n tears when i found out. My son was devastated. He got so much life ahead of him. I hope yo family stay strong. N again my condolences. My son said tell johnathan hi… he know who he is . Lamont…

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