Pedestrian struck, killed on I-41 at North Avenue after theft at Best Buy

A fatal crash involving a pedestrian shut down I-41 southbound Thursday night, March 11 at Burleigh.

Police said the crash followed a retail theft at Best Buy on Mayfair Road.

Prior to arriving at the store, officers located a car that matched the description given by Best Buy employees after the theft shortly before 7 p.m. 

Fatal crash closes I-41 SB at North Avenue

The vehicle turned into a neighborhood near the Wauwatosa Police Department and was found stopped a short time later.

As officers approached the car to speak with the occupants, a male ran from it. Two other occupants cooperated and were detained at the scene.

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As officers began to look for the man who ran, they were notified by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office of a pedestrian that was struck by a car on I-41 near North Avenue in the area where the male was last seen running.

Fatal crash closes I-41 SB at North Avenue

Positive identification of the pedestrian is pending, but it's believed the two incidents are related, police said.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash on the freeway.