MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police are investigating two separate crashes that happened within about an hour of each other on Saturday. Two motorcyclists were killed, and one of the accidents was a hit-and-run.
Police said the driver of a yellow motorcycle was headed east on West Mitchell Street when he maneuvered to avoid colliding with a car headed his way.
“He laid down his bike because he figured he couldn’t avoid colliding with it and that’s when the vehicle struck his body,” Milwaukee Police Captain Aaron Raap said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car that struck the man took off.
“We are looking for a driver and a gold four-door auto,” Raap said.
About an hour later, a car and motorcycle collided on North Lovers Lane.
“Both units were headed south on Lovers Lane. The cycle ended up laying down and the car ended up making a maneuver in the road and the cyclists were both ejected," Raap said.
A 51-year-old Milwaukee woman was pronounced dead at the scene. A 51-year-old Milwaukee man was taken to the hospital.
Police took the driver of the car into custody.
Kenisha Williams is the driver's sister.
“She is very distraught. We’re disturbed on our behalf as far as my sister and the family who is missing their loved one right now and keep them in our prayers," Williams said.
Police are not saying why the driver was taken into custody.
Officials have not determined whether speed or alcohol were factors in the first or second crash.