Utility worker hit by intoxicated driver in downtown Milwaukee

NOW: Utility worker hit by intoxicated driver in downtown Milwaukee

Updated: 5:19 p.m. on Feb. 25, 2020

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A utility worker struck by an intoxicated driver near 6th and State has had his legs amputated. 

According to Milwaukee police, a 39-year-old man hit and pinned him against another vehicle.

The driver was arrested for OWI. 

According to police documents, he admitted to using THC and oxycodone before the crash.


Posted: 3:01 a.m. Feb. 21, 2020

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A utility worker is seriously hurt after being hit by a car in Milwaukee.

According to Milwaukee police, a 35-year-old utility worker was working near his truck, with flashing warning lights on, in the roadway near W. State St. and N. 6th St. 

Around 10:50 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, a 39-year-old Milwaukee man driving south on N. 6th St. hit the worker, pinning him against another car. 

The victim sustained serious injuries to to both legs and was taken to a local hospital. 

The driver stayed on scene and was arrested for auto after revocation and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. 

"Tougher penalties, more police enforcement, all those things are part of it, more education, but it is definitely an epidemic that we’re definitely concerned about and all these deaths are extremely tragic," said Alderman Robert Bauman.

This comes after two pedestrians were killed last week. Marquette dean Dr. Joe Daniels was killed at 10th and Wisconsin.Nate Garski was killed at 25th and Clybourn. Police say the drivers in both cases were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

"I think people should be held accountable if these type of incidents are critically injured," said Alderman Michael Murphy. 

"Drunk driving really falls on the state legislature. You know, unfortunately, the State of Wisconsin has the only law in the books where if you’re caught drunk driving first time offense can be a misdemeanor."

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