MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that occurred just after midnight, March 15th, at the intersection of E. North Avenue and N. Farwell Avenue. The hit-and-run crash involved a woman and a dark-colored SUV.
Police say the 22-year-old female pedestrian was crossing the street westbound on E. North Avenue when she was struck by a dark-colored SUV traveling southbound on N. Farwell Avenue at a high rate of speed.
The driver of the vehicle immediately fled the scene, continuing southbound on N. Farwell. Police are searching for the driver and the vehicle. Police have interviewed witnesses but unfortunately have not been able to follow any leads. Police say it was a busy night for North Avenue bars Wednesday night, March 14th, so they're hoping someone may have gotten a good look at the vehicle that just kept going.
The 22-year-old pedestrian was transported to the hospital and her injuries are believed to be non life-threatening.
Store owner Wifki Kaid saw the cop cars early Thursday morning, and at first, thought it may be due to a fight from the large crowds drawn to the bars because of the nice weather. Kaid didn't see the SUV, and wasn't alone. "The weather always brings out a lot of people. They always pack the bars, and it's unfortunate that it happened," Kaid said.
Bartender Jessica Pillsbury works at Replay, directly in front of where the hit-and-run happened. Pillsbury says while her patio was full of patrons, descriptions of the SUV or the people responsible were few and far between. "From what I know, no one really saw the car. The car was gone. It was devastating, and everyone was in shock. It was a horrible situation," Pillsbury said.
If you have any information on this crash or the driver you are urged to call Milwaukee police at 414-935-7212. Police say even small tips will help this investigation.