27-year-old victim of horrific crash over Hoan Bridge was from Seoul, South Korea; a graduate of UWM

MILWAUKEE — Authorities on Tuesday, December 20th identified a man who died when his pickup truck plunged off a Milwaukee bridge in icy conditions.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said 27-year-old Christopher Weber died about 8:30 a.m. Monday, December 19th after he lost control of his truck on the Hoan Bridge. The vehicle went over the wall and landed on its roof on the ground below.

Weber was pronounced dead at the scene. He was alone in the vehicle.

Death investigation near south end of Hoan Bridge

Death investigation near south end of Hoan Bridge

Black ice was reported on Milwaukee-area roads on Monday morning, leading to a dicey morning commute for motorists.

Death investigation near south end of Hoan Bridge

Death investigation near south end of Hoan Bridge

Below is Weber’s obituary:

Christopher J. Weber, 27, of Milwaukee passed away on Monday, December 19, 2016 in Milwaukee. He was born on July 3, 1989 in Seoul, South Korea. Christopher was a 2008 graduate of Delavan-Darien High School and 2014 graduate of UW-Milwaukee. He was very active with the high school football team and the Red Devils Youth Team.

Christopher is survived by his parents, Debra (William) Myrick, of Asheville, NC, and Craig Weber, of Delavan; a brother, Jeremy (Amanda Christiansen) Weber; a nephew, Malikai; a niece, Evelynn; paternal grandmother, Dorothy Weber; aunts, Susan Maier, Sarah (Tony) Winn, Geri (Chris) Furseth, and Stacy Weber; an uncle, Michael (Karen) Weber; and many cousins.  Christopher is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John and Carol Maier; and paternal grandfather, Winston Weber.

Funeral Services will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Friday, December 23, 2016 at Christ Episcopal Church, 503 E. Walworth Avenue in Delavan. Visitation will be held from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the service on Friday at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to your local food pantry.

A post on the Facebook page for the “Odd Duck” on S. Kinnickinnic Avenue near Lincoln Avenue indicates the restaurant will be closed on Friday, December 23rd to allow employees to attend Weber’s funeral services.

A co-owner of the “Odd Duck” sent the following message to FOX6 News regarding Weber:

“Chris Weber was killed suddenly in the accident this week when he lost control of his truck on the ice and ended up going over the Hoan Bridge.  It was extra terrible because he had a conversation with several employees this past Saturday night after service when getting ready to drive home in the blizzard about how much his car slides around in the snow, and how he needed to get new tires.  He worked with us for a year-and-a-half, though he also worked a 9-to-5 job.  He was one of the most genuine and caring people I have ever met, and he will truly be missed.

That said, everyone here is still in shock.  We are closing this Friday to make sure that all of our employees can attend services in Delavan for Chris.  We have 35 employees here at Odd Duck and every night 14 people are working – it’s a pretty close-knit group.  We felt it was only right to close so that everyone who wanted to go could go and begin the healing process.  We are lucky to be friends with several other restaurant owners who agreed to take on all of the reservations that had been made for Friday, and we are ever thankful for their support.”

2 comments

  • Dylan

    This employer should be commended for this unselfish.living tribute….i may just need to try out this establishment…prayets and condolences

    • Melanie

      I agree 100% A business that puts people ahead of profits will always have my patronage. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and coworkers during this incredibly sad time.

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