‘Terrifying:’ Suspect killed when car struck semi after Greenfield police terminated pursuit

MILWAUKEE -- A suspect was killed after police say that person fled a traffic stop in a vehicle early Monday morning, June 25, and crashed into a semi on Milwaukee's south side. It was tragic for the suspect and frightening for those who witnessed it.

"I have goosebumps everywhere. It's terrifying! It's very scary," said Gina Harris.

Fatal crash near 10th and Layton

According to police, Greenfield officers stopped a vehicle at Loomis Road and Layton Avenue around 3:15 a.m. As offices got out of their squads and approached the stopped vehicle, the suspect drove away eastbound on Layton Avenue.

Fatal crash near 10th and Layton

Fatal crash near 10th and Layton

Officers began to pursue the suspect eastbound on Layton Avenue, but terminated the pursuit at S. 27th Street due to high speed.

After obtaining permission from a supervisor, officers began checking the area for the suspect vehicle -- which was last seen east on Layton Avenue.

Minutes later, an officer located the suspect vehicle at Layton Avenue and S. 10th Street, where it had collided with a semi-trailer.

Fatal crash near 10th and Layton

Fatal crash near 10th and Layton

"It was actually very sad -- a very sad thing to see," said Harris.

Sandy Kuspa said the vehicle raced past her on Layton Avenue before the crash.

Fatal crash near 10th and Layton

Fatal crash near 10th and Layton

"All of a sudden I saw a gray car fly past me on the right-hand side. I could see red lights coming way up the road behind me," said Kuspa.

After learning how it ended, Kuspa came back to the scene.

"Just to say goodbye," said Kuspa.

"The car laying sideways, in the road, the body, everything was mangled," said Matt Dolan.

Fatal crash near 10th and Layton

Dolan and others said it's unfortunate someone was killed, and they hope others can learn from this.

"Once you see the red lights, pull over. Slow down. You are not going to get away. Whatever you are doing isn't worth your life," said Dolan.

The Milwaukee Police Department responded and is investigating the crash as it occurred in the City of Milwaukee. Greenfield police are expected to release more information about who the driver was and why the suspect was being stopped.