MILWAUKEE -- There is a growing memorial near 13th and Morgan in Milwaukee, with balloons and messages tied to a sign. It's where Pedro Colon-Ortiz lost his life after the horrible crash. His loved ones are devastated.
"It's just sad," said Luz Ortiz-Carby, victim's cousin.
Luz Ortiz-Carby's cousin, 25-year-old Pedro Colon-Ortiz, was killed when the car he was in was struck by a speeding driver.
"We're still trying to come to grips with the why," said Ortiz-Carby.
Authorities say a Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputy spotted, then pursued a reckless vehicle. The drive sped away, eventually crashing into Colon-Ortiz.
"Devastated I think is the best word that comes to mind," said Ortiz-Carby.
Moments before the crash, Colon-Ortiz dropped off his sister and fiance at a bank -- never able to return.
"Then he didn't show up. They kept calling him. Where are you? Where are you? He wasn't answering," said Ortiz-Carby.
First responders did whatever they could to save the victim's life. Days after the crash, stickers from defibrillator are still stuck to the pavement.
Ortiz-Colon leaves behind a 1-year-old son. He'll one day learn how his father died, but more importantly how he lived.
"Just very friendly, nice and hardworking," said Ortiz-Carby.
A life cut short and a family missing a warm presence.
"So many lives impacted by senselessness. By people not caring about anything, it feels like," Ortiz-Carby said.
Three people, including an 18-year-old driver, were taken into custody in connection to the deadly crash.
Milwaukee police are leading the investigation.
Family members of Colon-Ortiz are planning his funeral.