“He doesn’t deserve it one bit:” Family pleading for help finding hit-and-run driver who put man in ICU

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A Milwaukee man is in the hospital in serious condition. He was injured in a hit-and-run that occurred last Thursday, January 29th. His family is asking for help as police search for the driver responsible.

"He doesn`t deserve it one bit. It's just so sad," Yolanda Pacocha said.

Pacocha's brother, 32-year-old Dustin Schlueter is in the ICU at Froedtert Hospital.

"He was on a breathing tube and I guess this morning he was able to start breathing on his own," Pacocha said.

Pacocha says her brother has a broken ankle and bleeding and swelling on his brain.

"The right side of his face is all puffy and blue. He has a big swollen eye," Pacocha said.

Pacocha says her brother had just left work at Schlitz Park Thursday night. He was walking home around 10:00 p.m. when he was struck by a car. Milwaukee police say he was in the crosswalk at Martin Luther King Drive and Cherry Street when he was hit by a car headed southbound. A witness told police the driver stopped briefly before fleeing the scene.

"It`s like, heartless. How can you just leave somebody laying on the ground after you hit them, not to see if they`re okay, if they`re alive and just take off?" Pacocha said.

Police say they are investigating, as Schlueter is asking the public for help.

"If anyone sees anything suspicious with a car maybe around that area call police just so we have an idea of who this person is and try to find them," Pacocha said.

Schlueter's family is optimistic about his recovery, but they're worried about the extent of trauma to his head when he wakes up.

"Hopefully with time everything will start clearing up and he`ll be back to his normal self," Pacocha said.

Schlueter does not have health insurance. An account has been established for him at GoFundMe.com.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Milwaukee police.


  • opinin8d

    I hope he recovers and they catch the person responsible. One a side note, I thought Obamacare was going to make sure everyone has insurance???? Why isn’t that being investigated? How many people are still going to the hospital and/or doctor who still don’t have insurance and why? If everyone else is paying more and getting less (higher deductibles), it would seem like Obamacare is not working. Maybe we all drop insurance and just ask others to ‘GoFundMe’ when something happens. (And that’s not a rip on this guy or his situation.)

  • Semper Fidelis, USMC

    You have tons of people in Kilwaukee that drive with no insurance, or are felons, this is why they don’t stop. To fix this issue , is when you do catch these maggots, take their cars into impound and sell them, jail them big time, have the maggots PAY every penny back to the victim.

  • Yolanda Pacocha

    Please get the word out!! We are need of any ones help. My brother doesn’t deserve any of this. Hoping we catch the person responsible. My brother currently has no health insurance so i set up this page for him. Please support him by donating to his go fund me page. http://www.gofundme.com/DustinSchlueter

  • Greg

    This is very sad. Dustin worked in my office building and was always very friendly when I saw him. I did not know him well, but I saw him several times a week and he was always very kind and good spirited. I wish him the best in his recovery and I hope they catch the person who did it.

    • Yolanda

      Thank you Greg for your kind words about my brother. He is a very caring and wonderful person that is fun to be around. He is always so happy and positive. It is just so sad what happened to him. We do hope to find this person responsible for this. We are trying to get more information out there if anybody seen or heard anything. Also if there are cameras around the area or on the buildings close by that caught anything suspicious or a driver for speeding by. I will personally let Dustin know that you send him the best in his recovery. Please share his story and join the fight!! http://www.gofundme.com/DustinSchlueter

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