The collision took place off the intersection of North 76th Street and West Green Tree Road at around 5:40 a.m.
Authorities said the victim had crashed her car into the electrical box of a vacant building, causing the vehicle to become engulfed in flames that had begun spreading to the structure.
Nearby surveillance footage shows the vehicle traveling at slow speed past a green light, going up a curb, and then arriving at a stop in a parking lot. After a long period of time, the vehicle was seen rolling to into the electrical box. Smoke emitted from the front of the vehicle shortly before flames erupted.
After the fire was put out around 6:11 a.m., the burnt vehicle was towed to a lot at 3800 West Lincoln Avenue, according to Milwaukee Fire Department. More than three hours later, a lot attendant discovered the victim’s remains in the backseat of the vehicle.
Authorities believe the remains may have been moved by water from the hoses used during the fire response.
Milwaukee Fire Chief Aaron Lipski has since issued a formal apology to the victim’s family on behalf of the department.
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