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In the news week, were two stories of tragic accidents that happened here in Wisconsin. In the first accident, a man has been criminally charged for driving drunk that resulted in two deaths and a serious injury. A 25 year old man drank at a hockey game and then after frequenting a strip club and on his way home, ran into the back end of a car that killed a father, his 9 year old daughter, and seriously inured another 6 year old child in the car. The accident occurred, last Friday, the day after Thanksgiving near 4 mile road and Short Road, at approximately 445 pm.

According to news reports, when a police officer approached the pick up truck, the driver was sprawled across the front seat. He reeked from alcohol, had bloodshot and glassy eyes and was confused. When the officer asked the driver for his license, he fumbled through his wallet and was unable to remove anything from his billfolds. The driver reported to law enforcement that he had three or four beers at the hockey game and one or two beers at the strip club. When the officer informed him that two people had been killed in the crash, the driver was in a state of disbelief.

My prayers and thoughts go out to the family. There are no words that can describe the pain that the family must be going through. For no reason, on a holiday weekend, this family has been destroyed at the hands of a drunken driver. There is no excuse for someone having anywhere from 3 to 6 beers or more, as the driver is probably trying to seriously minimize how much he actually had been drinking, and then get behind the wheel of a car and drive home. You might as well just stick a loaded gun in his hand and have him drive around and randomly shoot people. It would be the same effect. I am sure this young man’s family is torn apart by what he has done. He has probably facing prison for a long, long time. I am sure he didn’t intend to kill anyone that day, but that is not really the point. We are all responsible for the consequences of our own actions, and no one, not him, not me, nor you, have any business driving after downing six beers or more. Do I sound angry? Well, I am, and you should be as well. Wisconsin has one of the most lenient drunk driving laws in the country. In almost every other jurisdiction, driving drunk the first time carries criminal sanctions, not just a civil forfeiture. If you want to make a donation to the family you can do so at youcaring.com/kevinandemilydalley.

If the first story isn’t bad enough, the second story is equally troubling. An 18 year old has been criminally charged with fleeing police that resulted in a violent car crash that has left one of the passengers dead, and the other seriously injured with life threatening injuries.

Samira “sam” Coleman-Wilks is facing counts of second degree reckless homicide, second degree reckless injury, driving without a license, causing death and causing serious injury. According to news reports, Coleman-Wilks and three male passengers were northbound on North 27th street on the evening of November 19. Police tried to pull her over for an expired registration on her vehicle and when they did, she fled the scene. Her speed is estimated at over 80 miles an hour. She crashed about 5 blocks later into a Nissan Altima near Capitol Drive. A backseat passenger, Shawn Oliver, died at the scene. The other rear seat passenger, Mario Harell, was taken to Froedtert Hospital with life threatening injuries. Police found Coleman-Wilks on the ground outside the driver’s door, with her feet still stuck underneath the accelerator and brake pedals.

My heart goes out to the young man who lost his life here for no reason. My prayers go out to the young man who is clinging to his life with his serious injuries. My thoughts go out to the families of both victims; One also has to take pause and give the family of Coleman-Wilks some respect as well. I am sure they are mourning for what happened here and how their daughter’s life has been thrown away in split seconds, and all for what? A young lady, just 18 will wind up spending the rest of her life most likely in prison. She can never bring back the young man that she killed or pay for the terrible damage she has caused by putting the other young man in the hospital. She should have never fled the police. If she simply would have cooperated and been an adult and faced the consequences of whatever she was doing that night, she wouldn’t be sitting in a jail cell right now, and the family of the victim wouldn’t be planning the young man’s funeral, and the family of the remaining injured party wouldn’t be standing vigil at his beside at Froedtert Hospital, while he clings on to life. It has just been a horrible and tragic week for car accidents in Milwaukee. What more can I say?

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