“I was drunk and high:” Suspect charged in fatal hit-and-run crash in Milwaukee

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Duece Cleghorn

Duece Cleghorn

MILWAUKEE — 21-year-old Duece Cleghorn of Milwaukee now faces multiple charges in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash that happened at 18th and Atkinson on Saturday, May 30th.

Cleghorn is charged with the following: One count of hit-and-run resulting in death, duty upon striking vehicle (great bodily harm), hit-and-run injury, knowingly operating a motor vehicle without a valid license causing death, knowingly operating a motor vehicle without a valid license causing great bodily harm, and operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

The crash that Cleghorn is accused of causing happened just after 11:05 p.m. at 18th and Atkinson.  Officials say Cleghorn was in a Plymouth sedan traveling northbound on 18th Street at a high rate of speed when the vehicle went through a stop sign at Atkinson. The vehicle struck a Pontiac sedan — which was completing a left turn from 18th to go east on Atkinson.

Rio Washington and Rio Washington Jr.

Rio Washington and Rio Washington Jr.

Rio Washington, a front seat passenger of the Pontiac died on scene from his injuries despite the efforts of first arriving Milwaukee police and fire units. The driver, Washington’s 25-year-old wife Shakita, was taken to the hospital.

The couple’s one-year-old boy, Rio Washington Jr., was strapped in a rear-facing child seat behind the driver. He sustained serious injuries. The criminal complaint says part of the child’s “skull needed to be removed to alleviate pressure on his brain.” The complaint says there has been no improvement in the child’s condition.

Credit: Andre Lewis

Credit: Andre Lewis

Cleghorn was later arrested on an outstanding warrant. He was interviewed about what happened at 18th and Atkinson. According to the complaint, Cleghorn told police “he never should have gotten in that car. He stated that he had been drinking and smoking weed. He stated that he had taken five shots before he got in the car.”

The complaint says Cleghorn told officers “he had been driving around with a friend” and that the friend let him drive. “That is when the defendant knew the car was stolen.” Cleghorn told officers “that while driving, he saw a marked police squad. It was his belief that the squad started following him.” In attempts to evade the squad, Cleghorn said he “made a series of turns at speeds of 40 m.p.h. or greater. He told police, “I was drunk and high” and not paying attention. Cleghorn said “he had been checking his rear-view mirror constantly, and then at one point, looked up and saw a white car in front of him, and then BOOM.” According to the complaint, Cleghorn “stated he was real scared, drunk and high, in a stolen car, so he ran.” He later realized “he lost his phone and wallet in the accident.”

Credit: Andre Lewis

Credit: Andre Lewis

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11 comments

  • Wilson

    It looks like duece was just doing what all the low life POS punks do. Driving a stolen car without a license recklessly. He kills 1 person and seriously injures an adult and a baby. Sounds like the baby probably won’t survive or if he does will be totally disabled. All this destruction because he had to smoke some weed and get drunk and then drive. To all the losers out there that criticized the Racine County Sheriff’s Department for busting the 2 losers who were running a “drug house” and selling weed. here is what happens after punks like this buy the weed and smoke it.

  • Molly

    I think it was very brave to turn himself in. My thoughts and prayers are with families losing their son.

    • Wilson

      Molly is a Cee You Next Tuesday kind of girl. Do you also think it was very brave of this POS to flee the scene of the accident and not attempt to render aid??? You are a POS too molly.

      • DC

        THE DIRTBAG COULD HAD STAYED ON THE RUN BUT INSTEAD HE DID TURN HIMSELF IN.. THE REAL POS WOULD BE YOU FOR NAME CALLING ON MOLLY. SHE’S NOT THE CRIMINAL. NOR HAS SHE CALLED ANYONE ANY NAMES.. SUCH A KEYBOARD TOUGH GUY YOU ARE.

    • Dlucre

      I agree it takes alot to turn yourself in nd it also takes alot to face consequences as hard as these n he already knew he messed up but my prayers goes out to rio and rio jr nd wife idk them but i feel the pain the wife is feeling cause i have a daughter nd i dont know what i would do if something like this happened to my baby girl

    • Dlucre

      A confession is admitting to he never put the blame on anyone he said he shudnt have gotten behind the wheel of the car everybody always got something negative to say instead of sending prayers to the family

    • Dlucre

      Wat does the color of someone skin have to do with anything dont try to lighten it up by sayn brother say wat yu really wanna say

  • reader

    He later realized “he lost his phone and wallet in the accident”. Don’t really think he had much choice in turning himself in. Law knew who they were looking for. Inevitable that he would be caught.

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