Suspect turns self in after 35-year-old man killed in hit-and-run on Milwaukee's south side

NOW: Suspect turns self in after 35-year-old man killed in hit-and-run on Milwaukee’s south side


Update 4:20 p.m. on November 11, 2017

UPDATE: A suspect has turned himself in after a 35-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run on Wednesday night.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn confirmed the news during a press conference on Friday afternoon.

The suspect's identity has not been released yet.

Stay with CBS 58 News for more information as this story continues to develop.


MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Police are searching for those who caused a deadly hit and run on Milwaukee’s south side Wednesday night.

 The crash happened near Becher Street and Muskego Avenue around 9:00 p.m. Police say their vehicle hit another car and injured a 35-year-old man who later died. Milwaukee Police have identified him as Hector Hernandez.

Police say the suspects ran away after their vehicle broke down. Meanwhile, neighbors nearby came out of their homes and businesses to help.

Alderman Bob Donovan thanked the owners of a nearby convenience store that brought fire extinguishers when Hernandez's car burst into flames.

The owners, and another man and woman helped pull him out of his burning vehicle. The woman sustained burns trying to help. She wishes to remain anonymous, but let a neighbor share her story.

"[She] pulled open the door and flames immediately blew out at her and she has received some burns. She's resting, but she's okay. As soon as they got the door open, they got the extinguisher and keel back the fire so they could drag him out," said Mallory Demmith.

Julia Alcala's father also came out to help.

"We all ran out and when we were out here my dad was already assisting, it was already ignited. so he went to get his friend and his friend brought the extinguisher. he said it's pretty bad. the victim's clothes were burned, unrecognizable," said Alcala.

Alcala says her dad is still in shock about seeing what happened.

"It saddens him. He really doesn't want to talk about it. It was something horrible for him to experience."

Neighbors and Alderman Donovan both highlighted problems with fast drivers and crashes in the area. Donovan says he's ordered a traffic study, and the neighbors are organizing a formal petition. 

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call police.

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