UPDATED: Family Speaks After Two Die in Crash
On August 26th, two teenagers died after their car crashed into a tree and split in half near 35th and Keefe.
The two that died were passengers in the car. Latrey Robinson-Hale and Demetrius Bachelor Jr. were cousins. All four people in the car were related -- three brothers and a cousin.
"He always wore a smile on his face. A big smile," said Monet Batchelor, a family member of all four in the car.
Batchelor and her cousin Sheryl Mills say Latrey and Demetrius, known by his family as Lil Dee, were best friends.
"If you saw Trey, you saw Dee. You saw Lil Dee. They were like best cousins. BFF cousins," said Mills.
Both family members also said the boys were good kids and close with their family.
"They were very bright young men, and very popular, and they loved football, they loved family," said Mills.
"We're going to truly miss them," said Batchelor.
Police say the vehicle hit the tree, and it was result of reckless driving, but Mills and Batchelor say the driver didn't lose control.
"How they're saying that he was a reckless driver. There's more to that. There's more to that than being a reckless driver for him to just swerve," said Mills.
Mills says the family just learned there may have been another car involved after a woman approached the family at a vigil over the weekend.
"A driver in another car... she was about to merge out to traffic when she saw Dante driving towards her which caused him to swerve around them and which caused him to hit the tree," said Mills.
The family says police are not aware of this other driver, and the criminal complaint references witnesses who saw no other cars near the crash. The family hopes this witness will come forward so the community can remember the boys the way they do.
"I get teary eyed a lot. I'm emotional. At the same time I'm grateful because they were good kids, and I know where they were going. I know where they're heading," said Batchelor.
The family is also asking for prayers. They are mourning for Latrey and Demetrius while two family members are still in the hospital. The driver is still hospitalized, and another passenger is in ICU.
The family has started a go fund me page for funeral and medical expenses at www.gofundme.com
The family encourages the public to pay respects to Latrey and Demetrius.
Their funeral will be held: Saturday, Sept. 3
Visitation: 11 a.m. Funeral 2 p.m.
Mason Temple Church, 6098 North 35th Street
MILWAUKEE - Two male juveniles are dead after a single vehicle accident in the 3400 block of North 35th Street. The accident occurred at 8:20 pm on August 26th.
The two male juvenile passengers were ejected as a result of the car striking a tree. They were pronounced dead at the scene despite the life-saving efforts of the Milwaukee Fire Department.
The 17-year-old male driver and an additional passenger were conveyed to a local hospital where they are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Milwaukee Police continue their investigation at this time.