Milwaukee father dies in crash, leaving pregnant partner and kids

A Milwaukee father died in a crash near 76th and Florist on June 26. He and his partner were expecting twins.

"We met at a friend’s house during a party in 2015," said Hannah Marsden.

It was basically love at first sight for Marsden and her partner, Taylor Poirier.

Taylor Poirier

"He was wonderful. He was amazing. He was a great father," said Marsden. "Our kids absolutely adored him."

She holds tight to the memories.

"They had actually just left St. Joe's from visiting me. I wanted to see my kids and see him," said Marsden. "I had been in the hospital for a few days."

Poirier and their two kids were at an intersection, making a left turn. Surveillance shows a van slamming into the car.  

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The children and others survived the crash, but the family says Poirier died on June 29. 

"He had a severe brain injury. They tried to get the swelling under control," said Marsden. "He had two brain surgeries."  

Marsden is pregnant with twins. The family set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for funeral and medical bills.

Crash at 76th and Florist in Milwaukee

"With bills and expenses, really, I’m out of work," said Marsden. "I’ve been in pre-term labor. I’m not able to work now. He was the other income."

Police arrested a 22-year-old for a license violation after the crash.

"Please slow down and pay attention to your surroundings. Now, because of this reckless, senseless driving, I have four kids that are going to live without their dad," said Marsden. "My babies never got to meet him."