Walker pleads not guilty to charges in hit-and-run case
MILWAUKEE (WITI) — 24-year-old Thomas Walker of Milwaukee pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, December 11th to charges in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash on the city’s south side.
The crash in this case occurred near S. 6th Street at W. Hayes on November 27th. An 18-month-old girl died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Walker faces one count of hit-and-run, resulting in death, one count of knowingly operating a vehicle while suspended and one count of hit-and-run, injury.
Officials say 21-year-old Cheyenne Jackson and 18-month-old Erieanna Matousek were both struck by the rental truck. Police say the toddler was in her mother’s arms at the time of the accident. The two were walking westbound across S. 6th Street in a cross walk when a rental truck turned southbound onto S. 6th Street from Hayes, striking the mother and child. Walker fled the scene.
Milwaukee police found Walker in the crawl space of a home on Milwaukee’s north side late on November 28th.
According to the criminal complaint, Walker told police he was unaware that he hit anyone, claiming he didn’t hear or feel anything collide with the rental truck — even though a man who followed him told him he had caused an accident.