Police: Man accused of striking pedestrians at Strawberry Fest resisted officers, had pot in his truck

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Kunle Famakinwa Jr.

Kunle Famakinwa Jr.

OZAUKEE COUNTY — A 37-year-old Milwaukee man faces three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge after allegedly striking two pedestrians with his vehicle as Strawberry Festival in Cedarburg was wrapping up on Sunday, June 26th.

The accused is Kunle Famakinwa Jr. He is facing the following charges:

  • Reckless driving — causing great bodily harm
  • Second degree reckless injury
  • Possession with intent to deliver THC (less than 200 grams)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

Famakinwa has a bail/bond hearing scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Ozaukee County court.

Driver in custody after 2 struck by car near Strawberry Festival in Cedarburg

The crash happened around 5:00 p.m. — as the Strawberry Festival was coming to an end, and people were walking to their vehicles.

Police say Famakinwa was headed northbound on Washington Avenue, and turned onto Western Road, where he crossed the center line — striking a silver vehicle that was found with damage to its front passenger side.

His vehicle, a white pickup truck, then went over the curb, and struck two pedestrians on the sidewalk.

The two victims, a 65-year-old woman and a 38-year-old woman, both from Milwaukee, suffered serious injuries. One of them suffered a broken rib, and the other sustained multiple broken ribs and a fractured neck vertebrae.

Driver in custody after 2 struck by car near Strawberry Festival in Cedarburg

According to a criminal complaint, a sergeant on scene noted that a police officer and an off-duty officer were holding the wrist of Famakinwa near his truck. One officer noted that he could smell an odor of marijuana within Famakinwa’s vehicle.

Prosecutors say Famakinwa refused to exit his vehicle and was physically resisting officers — bracing his feet on the floorboards in an effort to lock himself inside. Famakinwa had to be physically pulled from the driver’s seat onto the lawn, where he continued to struggle with officers as they attempted to place him in handcuffs.

The complaint says Famakinwa began complaining that he was diabetic. Rescue personnel attended to Famakinwa, who discovered his blood sugar level was low. Oral glucose was administered, but each time, Famakinwa would spit it out, according to the complaint.

The complaint says Famakinwa refused to enter a squad car — at one point bracing himself up into the seat and launching himself backwards against the officers — forcing both of them out of the squad.

At this point, prosecutors say Famakinwa became more aggressive — shouting accusations that he was being treated in a racially hostile manner as he was black and the officers were white.

A sedative was administered, along with an injection for Famakinwa’s low blood sugar. He was then placed on a gurney and taken to the hospital, where blood was drawn.

A search of Famakinwa’s vehicle revealed marijuana — in a large glass jar and in a small baggie.

 

A witness captured the aftermath of this incident on his cell phone.

“I heard a loud crash.  I saw at least two women flying through the air,” the witness said. “The one woman was screaming. The other woman wasn`t even moving.  She looked like she was in bad shape.”

A portion of Western Road, between Washington and Hanover was shut down for three hours while the investigation was underway.

Driver in custody after 2 struck by car near Strawberry Festival in Cedarburg

 

It was an upsetting end to what was a fun weekend for many — enjoying strawberry-themed treats at the popular Strawberry Festival.

“Very sad that two people are injured, that`s for sure.  It`s unfortunate that someone feels they are able to drive under the influence — and then you add 100,000 people walking around, streets are closed. You have one-ways, and people who maybe just aren`t used to the area,” Holly Gonwa said.

8 comments

  • Klaatu

    Sure sounds like a racist stop to me. Another instance where the cops just grab random black people and take them to jail. Maybe someone will do a speech on TV about this injustice to yet another victimized black.

  • Captain America

    Thanks Barrett and Flynn for your weak policies on crime in Milwaukee! Your ghetto trash is seeping into respectable communities. Time for Sheriff Clarke to take leadership and fix this out of control crime in the city! Look up this man in CCAP. He is no stranger to the law. Racism my %#*. Law abiding citizen lives matter- guys like this should rot in jail.

  • Oxfords

    Thanks to mayor mccheese and his spineless jellyfish cowardly weasel flynn this POS Kilwaukee wanna be thug is free to drive to Cedarville and committ more crimes. Flynn needs to request that mccheese take his balls out of his purse so that he fly can wear them for a change. Remember flynn just because you carry a gun doesn’t make you a man!!

  • Scotty Moyet

    It’s as if the people hiding behind their keyboards are sitting back waiting to comment on stories about all black people. So if he is an ape what are you? an albino ape. lmao.

    • walloffthenorthside

      Every major crime story in Milwaukee is about black people because they’re the ones committing the crimes and ruining our city. Wake up and face reality.

  • dsc zuljin

    The time has come to wall in Milwaukee… and fill it with water. I don’t live there for a reason, keep your annimals out of Ozaukee.

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