27-year-old man in serious condition following crash in West Allis

WEST ALLIS (WITI) -- A 27-year-old West Allis man is in serious condition following a single-vehicle traffic accident near 76th and Washington in West Allis Thursday morning, May 2nd.

According to authorities, officers were alerted to a verbal altercation between motorists that began in the area of 62nd & W. Greenfield Avenue shortly after 1 a.m.

During the verbal altercation, it was reported that threats were made.

Officers located the suspect vehicle in the 1500 block of S. 76th St. An officer attempted to pull the vehicle over and the suspect vehicle fled at a high rate of speed northbound on S. 76th St.

After fleeing the scene, the motorist struck a fire hydrant, several trees and rolled over ejecting the driver in the 1100 block of S. 76th St.

"It was bad. The roof was completely torn off, no doors, airbags all exploded. He was laid out. They were trying to keep him conscious. They were trying to keep him awake, telling him, 'Stay awake, stay awake. Ambulance is on its way,'" said neighbor Eloy Salas.

The 27-year-old West Allis man was transported to a local hospital and is listed in serious condition. The suspect was the lone occupant of the vehicle at the time if the crash.

Alcohol and speed are factors in this crash.

"I'm surprised he's still alive," said Salas.

"Very scary because it could have happened over here. We're not that far," said Aileen Lanz, who lives across the street.

It took crews several hours to clear the scene. Throughout the day, neighbors were cleaning up shattered glass on steps and pavement.

"It could have been worse. We're lucky it didn't explode or set on fire or anything else," said Lanz.

Police have not released the suspect's name. The verbal altercation, crash, and driving circumstances remain under investigation.

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