Family needs your help after losing two loved ones in crash involving stolen vehicle at 39th & Hadley

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Danielle Triggs

Danielle Triggs

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee family has lost two members following a hit-and-run crash that occurred on Friday, May 27th near 39th and Hadley. Police continue to search for at least two male suspects who fled the stolen, striking vehicle after the crash.

"Friday morning. We're going to hang out. We're going to shop a little bit, eat a little bit, and we got the kids with us," said Laurice Triggs, as she recalled her conversation with her sister, Danielle Triggs before she died.

Taeshawn Griffin

Taeshawn Griffin

46-year-old Danielle Triggs was killed when a speeding SUV blew through a stop sign and struck the vehicle she was riding in, along with six other people -- four children and two adults.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

Police say the striking vehicle -- an Audi Q7 -- was stolen from Racine in April.

An eight-year-old boy, Taeshawn Griffin, Danielle Triggs' grandson, died at the hospital on Sunday, May 29th as a result of this crash.

Fatal crash at 39th and Hadley

Fatal crash at 39th and Hadley

The medical examiner's report indicates the group was headed to a movie when the crash happened.

The report indicates Danielle Triggs was ejected from the rear of the vehicle -- where she had been seated, along with the four children.

The driver of the stolen vehicle and at least one other person ran from the scene after the crash.

39th and Hadley suspects

Laurice Triggs says Griffin was thrown more than 70 feet as a result of the crash.

"They said he was walking and talking -- however, when he got to the ambulance, still walking and talking, he went into cardiac arrest," said Laurice Triggs.

Fatal crash at 39th and Hadley

Fatal crash at 39th and Hadley

Two days later, Griffin died from injuries he sustained during the crash.

Laurice Triggs says the boy's battle with cerebral palsy kept his mother from letting him out of her sight, until he came to Milwaukee.

"This time, she decided to be apart, and give my sister, Peaches [a.k.a] Danielle, the opportunity to keep him for the summer," said Laurice Triggs.

Taeshawn Griffin and Danielle Triggs

Taeshawn Griffin and Danielle Triggs

As Milwaukee police search for at least two male suspects accused of driving the stolen SUV, Triggs asks that anyone with information contact police.

"It's about making sure that this does not happen to someone else," said Laurice Triggs.

Vigil for Daniell Triggs and Taeshawn Griffin

Vigil for Daniell Triggs and Taeshawn Griffin

Three other children and an adult suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash. They reportedly remain hospitalized in stable condition.

The family has established GoFundMe pages for both Taeshawn Griffin and Danielle Triggs.

FOX6 News has learned funeral arrangements have been set for Triggs and Griffin.

The visitation/funeral will be held on Friday, June 10th -- with the visitation at 9:00 a.m. and the funeral at 11:00 a.m. at Christian Faith Fellowship Church at 8605 W. Good Hope Road.

If you have any information about the people responsible for this crash, you are asked to contact the Milwaukee Police Department at 414-935-7360.

4 comments

  • Clinton

    Here are some suggestions to prevent this from happening again. Don’t cram 7 people into a car built for 5 people to travel safely in. Place young kids in car seats to prevent them from being ejected and flying 70 feet if there is an accident. Lockup these low life apes who car jack people for 30 years. Yeah that’s a start!!

    • Gates

      No need to pile on the victims. They did nothing wrong except being in the wrong place at the wrong time. All the focus should be on finding the prople who stole the car and killed these two with their joyride. If we can track an iphone why can’t we track a stolen vehicle.

  • Amerie

    It is not these peoples fault that these aholes stole a car and hit them HOWEVER the focus just as much needs to be on the fact that seatbelts and carseats could have saved lives had they been used. Dont gloss over that fact hold it up as an example so maybe someone will actually think about it

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