Child Was Not Restrained with Seatbelt in Fatal Rollover Accident in Brown Deer
More information has been released in the rollover car accident that killed a 3-year-old in Brown Deer last Thursday.
Marcus Lee was charged with knowingly operating a motor vehicle while suspended causing death.
Brown Deer Police and North Shore Fire Department responded to the roll-over accident around 9:30 PM on February 26 and found a 2006 Pontiac 4-door on its side in the street.
The 35-year-old driver and two children were already out of the vehicle when first responders arrived. The North Shore Fire Department transported the two children with critical injures to Children’s Hospital where the 3-year-old died.
At the hospital, Lee admitted to not putting the children’s seatbelts on or securing child safety seats.
The defendant estimated his speed at 45 mph during the crash, although witnesses estimated it at approximately 80-90 mph.
According to the complaint, the defendant admitted to consuming, half a bottle of liquor, two beers and marijuana the day of the crash.
“I should have been more of an adult and put their seat belts on,” said Lee allegedly to police.
The car had been purchased the same day of the crash, and on the receipt there was a warning not to drive the car on the freeway.
The defendant believed a tie rod needed to be repaired because the mother of the children told him the steering wheel shook when traveling at high speeds.