Teenager dies, several hurt after collision on Milwaukee’s south side

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Milwaukee police are investigating a fatal crash which happened near 31st and Becher on Milwaukee's south side early Saturday, September 6th. The wreck happened just after 12:30 a.m.

Officials say the 17-year-old victim's car was westbound on Becher when it was struck by a northbound car which did not stop for a stop sign. Two other people in the victim's car were taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the striking vehicle, a 23-year-old man from Milwaukee suffered a non-life threatening injury and was taken to a hospital for treatment. His 28-year-old female passenger was not hurt and remained at the scene. Two other passengers in the striking vehicle fled on foot after the accident.

Investigators say based on witness statements and the amount of damage, it appears the northbound car was traveling at a high rate of speed. Police also say the vehicle the victims were in at the time of the accident had recently been stolen from a nearby neighborhood.

Witnesses say it was hectic as several passengers ran away from the scene.

Believing something bad will happen, doesn't really prepare you for when it finally does.

"You never know who is going to come around that corner," said witness, Cynthia Frith.

Frith has seen cars speed, run the stop sign, even accidents, but nothing fatal -- until now.

"Sadly I was the last person who talked to the kid that died," said Frith.

Frith witnessed a chaotic scene for broken glass, twisted cars, and screaming people.

"Three people got out of a car and was yelling, 'we got to go, we got to go'," Frith said.

Frith says she consoled a female passenger of the striking car, also a young man from the other car, who died from his injuries.

"He could barely grasp for breath," Frith said.

She was among it all.

"It sounded like one of the houses out here had an explosion," said Kathy Stankiewicz, a woman who lives nearby.

While Stankiewicz was two houses down, police and paramedics were already on their way. All she could do was watch.

"Then I think they had to cut the people out of the car it was that badly demolished. You couldn't tell what kind of car it was," said Stankiewicz.

Frith didn't know until police told her, the car hit, was recently stolen.

The other passengers in it were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Hours later, she was the only one left, still trying to cope with a night -- one can hardly prepare for.

"I've never seen a fatality like that. I've never witnessed someone getting pulled out of a car not be breathing," Frith said.

Police say the victim was a 17-year-old from Milwaukee.

As for the striking vehicle, the driver is a 23-year-old Milwaukee man. He suffered non-life threatening injuries.

A female passenger was okay, and two other passengers left before police got there.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.


  • Anonymous

    He fled minutes after the accident. He stated that he was on April and did not want anyone to mention he was there. It was sad to see those people stuck in that car and not be able to help them :( I guess in these moments you see who your friends truly are. Those two that fled the scene…..bad decision, too many people saw them. May the cictim(s) rest in peace and the other get well soon! :(

  • scott

    Not surprised I live in that neighborhood and no one stops for stop signs anymore. I have been close to getting hit many times walking around here.

  • alicia

    My car was stolen 2 days ago found yesterday early morning abandoned on the northside on empty. We live in this area and would not be surprised it was the same people, cops said they’ve been stealing from the area lately

  • Ann Marie Hagen

    Praying for your family,the loss of someone close is very hard,but always keep close to your heart there life they shared with you.

  • Patty

    My car was stolen from that area a few weeks ago. I got it back, but I had to add 7 more months onto my loan to pay for the damages. They took every single thing out of my car. I was furious and wanted them to get caught, but I didn’t want them to learn their lesson this way. How tragic. I hope the two that weren’t killed tell their story again and again so that their friends learn from their mistakes.

  • Karryn

    My van was stolen last week and has not been found… 1998 Dark Green Dodge Caravan stolen from Walmart 43 and Greenfield last week Wednesday September 3rd, 2014, Around 11:00 P.M. License plate number 573-WSL .It was spotted at Pick N Save on South 27th and loomis, Driven by a black male with a orange hat on his head, Early 20s..I want you to know you took a van that is for a Special needs child… Why don’t you return it anywhere, so my son with Autism can have his van back…. Just return the van anywhere of your choice. And if anyone sees the van please contact Milwaukee Police at 414-933-4444 or Contact west Milwaukee Police at 414-645-2151 and kindly give them any information you may have on the Suspect and or Location of van… Thank you. I’m enclosing a picture of the hood. This is a paint job on the hood of the missing van, And also on each side of the van, Above the back tire wheels there are 2 more smaller puzzle pieces one is light Blue and on the other side Green… Again thank you to anyone who may help get our van back..

  • crystal

    Yes the kid stoled the car but for people to say karma really he was 17years old and did something dumb by stealing a car (which ended up being my uncles car) but I dont think him dying was good punishment either. And not that this makes anything better but he didnt blow the stop sign either.

  • R.I.P Carlton

    Don’t none of you noe these people or what me and his two famalies or anybody else going though so all of you need to shut up because you don’t know nothing all you know is what you heard

  • dominique gomez

    can any one tell me where to get the teenagers picture im his girlfriend and i need a picture from this site

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