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News: Driver crashes car after hitting Kenosha Co. highway worker, fleeing scene

by | Nov 22, 2023 | News

KENOSHA COUNTY, WI — A Kenosha County highway worker was injured Monday in Somers after when they were struck by a vehicle whose driver led authorities on a chase before crashing, reports Kenosha News.

Multiple area agencies, including the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, Kenosha Police and Pleasant Prairie Police, were involved in a pursuit after the suspect’s red Ford Focus fled the scene of the pedestrian crash at 1:16 p.m.

The victim, who works as a “flagger” for the Kenosha County’s highway division, was rushed to a local hospital by Somers Fire and Rescue crews for injuries believed to be non-life-threatening. No updates on the patient’s condition have been released.

Authorities said officers followed the suspect, a 24-year-old Gurnee, Illinois man, across multiple residential neighborhoods in Pleasant Prairie and Kenosha. At one point, the chase carried over to the area of 30th and 85th. While speeding and attempting to turn west onto 89th Avenue, the fleeing car ran off the roadway and hit a tree.

The suspect, who sustained minor injuries, had to be extricated from the vehicle and then taken to a local hospital. He was then arrested and booked into Kenosha County Jail. On Tuesday, he was charged with multiple felonies, including “first-degree reckless injury, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, hit-and-run involving injury and operating a vehicle to flee or elude an officer.” Following his appearance at Intake Court on Tuesday, a $10,000 cash bond was set.

An investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol remains ongoing.

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