Ald. Bob Bauman
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Homicidal reckless driver kills pastor at busy downtown intersection

Statement of Alderman Robert J. Bauman October 13, 2022

By - Oct 13th, 2022 10:12 am

A 40-year-old man who served as a pastor at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (1209 N. Broadway) was killed yesterday morning (October 12) when a homicidal reckless driver ignored a red light at N. 10th and W. Wells Streets.

I came upon the crash scene about 15 minutes after incident (with the intersection blocked off and emergency vehicles on scene) and saw the mangled pile of vehicles, just yards from the Milwaukee County Courthouse. The driver who plowed into the pastor’s vehicle at high speed was injured and was taken into custody by Milwaukee Police.

My prayers go out to the victim’s wife and two children, and to the entire Grace Lutheran congregation. The historic downtown church has been a positive force in the area for more than 100 years, and I can only imagine the grief and pain the members are experiencing at this difficult time.

I have driven through that intersection thousands of times over the years, and that victim could have been me, one of my loved ones, or you or someone you love. It is unconscionable that anyone can simply ignore a red light at high speed and play vehicular ‘Russian Roulette.’

I pray the District Attorney’s Office will file vehicular homicide charges against the red light running driver in this case.

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One thought on “Homicidal reckless driver kills pastor at busy downtown intersection”

  1. Thomas Sepllman says:

    Dear Bob Being a “westsider” for some 33 years myself and still a weekly Milwaukeean I too know the intersection well. While the driver must be removed from society the driver must finally get the therapy he needs

    Can someone please explain WHY

    WHY are we NOT providing therapy to all those children whose behavior is social unacceptable?

    Surely we KNOW that their socially unacceptable behavior is a CRY for HELP and not an affront to authority

    WHY do we allow OUR children to be suspended and in some cases expelled from school??

    Surely we KNOW that the vast majority of these children have been traumatized and that their socially unacceptable behavior is a CRY for HELP not an affront to school authority

    AND

    Surely we KNOW that there is damage being doing to the developing brain of ALL children who are suspended and expelled!

    WHY do we allow OUR children, who are incarcerated, because their socially unacceptable behavior was not addressed long BEFORE they committed that socially unacceptable act that caused them to be incarcerated.

    Surely we KNOW that ALL incarcerated children MUST have therapy for the trauma that they have suffered – experienced long before they were incarcerated.

    WHY do we allow OUR children to be held in any form of solitary confinement???

    Surely we KNOW that there is significant damage being doing to the developing brain of ALL children who are held in any form of solitary confinement!

    And finally

    WHY do those WHO KNOW that trauma causes significant brain injure to children remain SILENT to the desperate NEEDS of the CHILDREN whose behavior is socially unacceptable?

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