Reckless driving poses danger to streets and schools
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- An 18-year-old is dead after an early morning hit-and-run near Fond Du Lac and Locust. It's the latest in a series of dangerous reckless driving incidents across the city.
Around 1:25 Tuesday morning, the teen was hit and died from his injuries a short time later in the hospital. The suspect took off.
Police say the person was driving a silver 2012 Audi A4, with Wisconsin plates AHJ-1717. The car should have front passenger side damage.
It happened across the street from the mural Tia Richardson is painting, which is aimed at bringing hope and light to this area.
"Just that idea of having something uplifting," Richardson said.
Richardson's mural specifically features elephants.
"They're very caring, social and bring good luck, and also very nurturing, and I want all those things for our community," Richardson said.
Meanwhile, city leaders say there needs to be structural change to help curb reckless driving.
"Some of it is changing the configuration of streets, things like that," Mayor Tom Barrett said.
And it's not just the streets. Since the start of the school year, there have been several cases of teens recklessly driving cars on school property.
"Yesterday I saw some video of someone driving, a video at Bradley Tech, just doing donuts essentially in front the school," Barrett said.
In a statement, Milwaukee Public Schools said, "The district continues to implement safety measures throughout school sites, including but not limited to staggered dismissal times for students and installing stakes, boulders and other concrete barriers."
Anyone with information on the deadly hit-and-run or the reckless driving at Bradley Tech can call police or Milwaukee Crime Stoppers, 414-224-TIPS, where your call is always anonymous.