UPDATE: Woman killed in Wauwatosa crash identified

UPDATE: Woman killed in Wauwatosa crash identified

Updated: 4:05 p.m. June 5, 2018

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says the woman killed in a crash on North Avenue in Wauwatosa last week was 85-year-old Patricia Graham. 

CBS 58 has learned she was a retired art teacher. 

Her van was hit by a car that sped away from a traffic stop. Witnesses say the car was driving eastbound in the westbound lane of North Avenue. The Medical Examiner says no one in either vehicle was wearing a seatbelt. 

The Wauwatosa Police Department says they have a suspect in custody and are hopeful that criminal charges will be filed later this week.


Updated: 9:17 p.m. June 1, 2018

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (CBS 58) - A Wauwatosa woman is killed after her van was hit head-on by a man running from police.

It happened on W. North Avenue and 82nd St. in Wauwatosa Friday afternoon.

It all started when Wauwatosa police pulled the car over on a routine traffic stop at the 9000 block of W. North Ave.

The car took off, and even though police decided not to give chase, the driver continued to go at high speeds before hitting the minivan.

“I heard the screech, saw the black car hit the red car,” said Shanice Williams who was driving the third car involved in the accident.

The van that was hit spun into the air and landed on Williams’ car. “I thought it was going to go all the way on top, but it just hit the top of my front end,” said Williams.

The van just missed crushing her and her three children.

“I just saw smoke and my first thought was to get my kids up out of there,” said Williams.

Williams and her kids made it out safely. The driver of the van didn’t survive.

“It’s a sad thing, very sad thing,” said Cheryl Hokenson who lives nearby.

Hokenson was blocks away but still heard the impact. “I heard a lot of squeezing tires and then a huge crash,” said Hokenson.

Dozens of people in the neighborhood came down to see the aftermath, including Jeff Linden who works in the area and had been down that stretch of road just a few hours before.

Linden says cars often speed down that road.

“I think it’s 25 or 30 in there but most people go 40 and it’s just not right,” said Linden.

Neighbors call the loss of life senseless. Williams is happy to be alive.

“I’m going to have my kids over to the hospital just to make sure, and I’m going to get checked myself,” said Williams.

The driver that ran from police was injured and transported to the hospital, no word on his condition.

The woman who was killed was from Wauwatosa, her name is being withheld until family is notified.


Updated: 7:35 p.m. June 1, 2018

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- North Avenue has reopened to traffic after the fatal crash from earlier in the day.


Updated: 5:05 p.m. June 1, 2018

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- In a press release, Wauwatosa Police said they responded to the crash around 2:50 p.m. Friday. A sedan was driving east on North Avenue and collided head-on with a minivan driving west. 

The driver of the minivan died at the scene. The driver of the sedan was taken to Froedtert for injuries.

A third car was hit during the crash the occupants suffered minor injuries.

Two minutes before the crash the sedan was stopped by Wauwatosa Police officers near 90th and North but fled the scene. The officer did not chase the car.

The driver of the minivan has been identified as an adult woman who lived in Tosa.


Posted: 3:58 p.m. June 1, 2018

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Wauwatosa Police responded to a crash with injuries Friday afternoon near North and 82nd Street.

As of 4 p.m. North Avenue was closed in both directions between 83rd and 80th Streets.

Multiple injuries have been reported. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner confirms they were called to the crash for one patient indicating someone has died.

Wauwatosa Police are asking the public to avoid the area.

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