MILWAUKEE -- A FOX6 News crew was on assignment on Milwaukee's East Side when a crash happened near Locust and Farwell. They arrived on scene before first responders, and saw how people in the area responded in an effort to protect each other, and the driver involved.
"All of a sudden the car came out of nowhere!" Paul Lorentz said. "I thought his car was going to start on fire because his rear tire was just burning and burning and burning."
A van slammed into the front porch of a home at the corner of Locust and Farwell -- hitting two parked cars along the way.
"I just heard a big smack and he was spinning his tires," Kyle Verhoeven said.
Witnesses called for help while the driver sat behind the wheel.
"It looked to me he may have been going in and out of consciousness," Lorenz said.
Neighbors waited for first responders to arrive as the driver ignored their commands.
"Stay in the car please. We have an ambulance coming for you," one neighbor said.
The driver instead walked off in the same direction his van was previously headed.
That prompted another call to 911.
"He just left the scene on foot. He`s walking east on Locust Street," the 911 caller said.
Moments later, Milwaukee police and officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department took over -- stopping the man in his tracks.
"I just thought it was crazy," Verhoeven said.
Police investigated the crash witnesses said could have been much worse.
"Yeah -- it could've been," Lorentz said.
Police say the driver suffered non life-threatening injuries. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Police suspect a medical condition contributed to the crash.