Horrific crash involving school bus near 46th & Mill takes lives of two cousins: “Hard for all of us”

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the driver and passenger who were killed after their car smashed into the back of a parked school bus near 46th and Mill Road on Friday, February 26th.46th and Mill5

The passenger of the vehicle has been identified as 40-year-old Prentiss Rhodes and the driver has been identified as 36-year-old Lasando Rhodes.

According to a report from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office, the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, while attempting to pass a car from the right lane, when it crashed into the parked bus.

46th and Mill crash

46th and Mill crash

Bystanders were able to pull Lasando from behind the wheel, but he later died from his injuries at the hospital.

Prentiss was trapped in the car as it burst into flames. He died at the scene.

Family and friends gathered at 46th and Mill Saturday night, so as not to have to bear their grief alone.cousins

"I talked to him the night before he passed away and he told me that he loved me. He told me that he was going to come see me and I didn't see him again," said Daijiah Oates, cousin of victims.

It was a parting that came too soon for those who knew Lasando and Prentiss Rhodes.

"I'm going to miss him. I know all our family is going to miss him. It's really hard for all of us because we wasn't expecting this. We wasn't expecting this to happen," said Oates.

Family members say the pair were cousins.

46th and Mill vigil

46th and Mill vigil

"They was close, very close. They was like brothers," said Oates.

This family is now hoping to spare others from similar pain. That's why they're sharing this message:

"Just slow down. Take your time. Don't be in a rush, you know? Because that's all it was -- he was probably in a rush and didn't know the car was right there," Oates said.

No children were on the school bus at the time of the accident. The bus driver was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

16 comments

    • Bean

      Well, CCAP gives a pretty good picture of what both of their lives were like…and both of them were felons! Good riddance!

    • Kim Diggs

      They were felons ! Sorry ! Driving like idiots ! It is what it is !!! Senseless death ….. They could have killed others with that reckless behavior

    • Peaches

      CCAP does identify their criminal past !! I don’t feel bad at all!!! They didn’t have a license -complete idiots

  • Kim Diggs

    They were felons ! Sorry ! Driving like idiots ! It is what it is !!! Senseless death ….. They could have killed others with that reckless behavior

  • SMH

    I live on the NW side of the city and this kind of bull is a daily issue. Since MPD has basically given up traffic enforcement the natives are getting restless and driving like it is the wild west. Only positive part of this incident is no innocents were killed while these two preformed suicide by school bus.

      • Terri B

        Mark, we are all guilty of running late for work…speeding up a bit because of that dreaded time clock. I know that is what happened that day. And unfortunately, Prentiss didn’t make it to work then. Judge Lasondo for speeding, but realize that we are ALL guilty of doing it too. This one just cost the ultimate life…and not one, but two. Prayers to the family. And thank you for reminding all of us to slow down. Better to make it late, than not at all.

  • Julie Podjaski

    Has anyone checked in on why the school bus was parked on a busy street? I knew this would happen ’cause these buses are parked (with their hazard lights on) on busy streets. I finally got one removed from Brown Deer Rd.

    • You Know Who You Are

      Mill Road is a two lane road in which the third lane is for parking. The bus had a right to be there….the same right I would have to park my car there. The problem is with the drivers. The speed limit is merely a suggestion to them. People have no respect for laws and driving courtesy. It sucks that people had to die this way, but they did this to themselves. Like others have said, at least they didn’t kill anyone else.

      • Julie Podjaski

        In the case on Brown Deer Rd. Buses were parking in a no parking zone with their hazard lights on. If I would have taken a picture (I had many chances) there was a no parking sign right by the bus.

      • Julie Podjaski

        In the case on Brown Deer Rd. a bus was parking in a no parking zone with it’s hazard lights on almost every day. If I would have taken a picture (I had many chances) there was a no parking sign right by the bus. And Yes there are many such speeders all over the City. I was almost hit by one last week that went through a red light on 91st street, just south of Brown Deer.

  • Terri B

    I have to say, condolences to the family. Prentiss worked with my husband and will be missed. To the family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. It is hard to lose one, but to make it two makes it heart heavy.

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