Man Struck, Killed While Crossing Street 2hr

Jan 3, 2010 Full story: WISN.com 39

A 77-year-old man was hit and killed by a car in Oak Creek. Police said it happened just after 5 p.m. Saturday.

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Dominik Rode

Oak Creek, WI

#1 Jan 3, 2010
that was my grandpa.
Ursula Wendt

Oshkosh, WI

#2 Jan 3, 2010
That was my uncle. Sorry Dominik.
He will be truly missed. I still can't believe that we'll never see him again.
Sonja Rode

Oak Creek, WI

#3 Jan 4, 2010
I still can't believe it either. Wir werden dich vermissen Papa.
Bianca Rode

Oak Creek, WI

#4 Jan 4, 2010
I'm still in shock; I cannot believe this even happened. I love and miss you, Papa.
adam

Milwaukee, WI

#5 Jan 5, 2010
i was right behind that person who hit him
she didnt even run to check on him she just ran to the back of her car and cried
everybody pulled over and checked tho
amy

AOL

#6 Jan 5, 2010
sorry to all the family and friends. i only knew him shortly, and he seemed to be a sweet, pain in the butt kind of old man, but every time he saw me, he's hug me and say, I love you. it was nice. i will miss seeing him.
Monika Wendt

Milwaukee, WI

#7 Jan 7, 2010
adam wrote:
i was right behind that person who hit him
she didnt even run to check on him she just ran to the back of her car and cried
everybody pulled over and checked tho
Adam - Can you shed any light on what happened that evening? Did he walk out right in front of her car or was he already in the street? Did she brake before she hit him? He was my uncle and it would really help us to know if her eyes were on the road. We keep going to the site and we see that it is well lit up and feel that if her eyes were on the road she should have seen him and would probably not hit him. Thanks
Ursula Wendt

Brookfield, WI

#8 Jan 7, 2010
We, all the family, would like to know what this 19 year old female driver had to look up from while she was driving. Was she texting or what? The cops said 'when she looked up, it was too late and she hit and killed him'. Why wasn't she looking at the road? Did she even make an attempt to brake before she killed him?
Monika Wendt

Milwaukee, WI

#9 Jan 7, 2010
Onkel Eugen - your neices and nephews miss you. You were good to us and know that we loved you dearly. May you be in a much better place without all the sorrows life brought. We'll remember all the laughter. Rest in peace Onkel Eugene LOVE
Sonja Rode

Oak Creek, WI

#10 Jan 8, 2010
Adam, you can contact us off this line at laatzen73@yahoo.com You don't have to get involved but the family would really like to know what exactly happened. You being right behind her may help us deal with our loss.
Edith Rode

Oak Creek, WI

#11 Jan 8, 2010
He left in the afternoon after having a great day with family, 2 1/2 hours later I heard the sirens and 3 hours after that the police told me he was dead. They informed us later that the driver would not be issued any tickets nor go to jail despite the fact that this person struck and killed my husband. I was then told the cause of death: both legs broken, ruptured aorta, dislocated spinal disc, fractured ribs, dislocated shoulder. When I was told to identify him his face was a mess as well, yet this person is scott free. If he would have survived he would have suffered greatly and be paralized. Nobody deserves to die like this.
Anonymous

Oak Creek, WI

#12 Jan 8, 2010
How can a person not be charged for hitting and killing a pedestrian while not paying attention to the road? And then to find out that OCPD are trying to discredit the deceased man by using his past? One's past has nothing to do with this. The area is well lit.. Also, I thought a driver is supposed to be attentive while driving ESPECIALLY when there is a pedestrian road sign where the gentleman had the right to cross? If there are any witnesses willing to talk, PLEASE email the family.
Karen Hillebrand-McGin nis

Curlew, WA

#13 Jan 15, 2010
Anonymous wrote:
How can a person not be charged for hitting and killing a pedestrian while not paying attention to the road? And then to find out that OCPD are trying to discredit the deceased man by using his past? One's past has nothing to do with this. The area is well lit.. Also, I thought a driver is supposed to be attentive while driving ESPECIALLY when there is a pedestrian road sign where the gentleman had the right to cross? If there are any witnesses willing to talk, PLEASE email the family.
This was my uncle. It is hard to believe that a citation was not given. She ended his life.It has since become unlawful in the state of Oregon,to text or use cellphones while operating a motor vehicle.People kill other people when they do not pay attention.This is what I believe happened. Mentioning a past history,which has absolutely no significance to this horrible tragedy, is ludicrous.There is no excuse. I am so sorry.This should not have happened.This girl will live with what she has done, forever.
adfdasf

Oshkosh, WI

#14 Jan 20, 2010
Monika Wendt wrote:
<quoted text>
Adam - Can you shed any light on what happened that evening? Did he walk out right in front of her car or was he already in the street? Did she brake before she hit him? He was my uncle and it would really help us to know if her eyes were on the road. We keep going to the site and we see that it is well lit up and feel that if her eyes were on the road she should have seen him and would probably not hit him. Thanks
im sorry to hear about ur uncle but i kno her eyes were on the road and if u did check the site u would see the skid marks on the road so how about u stop trying to make her life hell and shut the **** up
adfdasf

Oshkosh, WI

#15 Jan 20, 2010
Karen Hillebrand-McGinnis wrote:
<quoted text> This was my uncle. It is hard to believe that a citation was not given. She ended his life.It has since become unlawful in the state of Oregon,to text or use cellphones while operating a motor vehicle.People kill other people when they do not pay attention.This is what I believe happened. Mentioning a past history,which has absolutely no significance to this horrible tragedy, is ludicrous.There is no excuse. I am so sorry.This should not have happened.This girl will live with what she has done, forever.
no that is not what happened so stop assuming u kno what happened dont u think that mabye she feels great remorse for him to and she is hurting to??? dont assume things to be true when there not cause her phone had kno records at this time
Allie

Milwaukee, WI

#16 Jan 20, 2010
I'm not on here to point fingers. I can't fathom the pain and confusion this man's family is going through right now, and my heart sincerely goes out to them.
I know the young woman who struck this man, I've spoken to her about what happened, and in all the 10 years I've known her, I've never seen her so consumed with grief. If she veered left, she'd hit oncoming traffic, if she veered right, she'd run into a bar. Her cell phone has no call or text history indicating she was using it at the time of the accident. The police can confirm this. All she could do was brace herself and brake til her life depended on it. It's a miracle she survived, never forget that. Two lives could have been lost.
Of course being attentive is key to driving-- is it not key to stepping out onto a street?
Like I said, I'm not trying to lessen what happened here, and I in no way shape or form want to disregard the family and friends of this late mans grieving, but I just wanted to let everyone know how suffering spreads to more than just those victimized in such incidents.
Family Member

Oak Creek, WI

#17 Jan 20, 2010
First and foremost, grief does not bring back the dead.
adfdasf: talking/texting while driving is not unlawful in the state of Wisconsin ... hence no checking of the phone records by the police so there is no proof that she was or was not. So adfdasf... you state not to assume, but you are assuming, or you are this person or the passenger, since nothing was checked.
Allie: you obviously don't know what your talking about: If she veered right she would not have run into the bar as the bar is more than 50 feet away from the shoulder of HWY32 with a lot of room on both sides of the bar.
She hit Eugene at 36-43 miles an hour which means she either did not brake since this is the speed limit or she was speeding at such a rate as to only slow down to this speed. She also broke both legs, all ribs, dislocated his shoulder, gave numerous fractures, dislocated a thorax disc, and ruptured the aorta... if he would have lived he would have been paralyzed. Kind of a lot of damage for braking.
Eugene was 77 years old and was unable to walk fast. There is no way that he could have simply appeared.
Also, Adam remarks she did not even check on Eugene, she simply ran to the back of her car to cry, which is further evidence of wrong doing/guilt.
For her to be able to run to the back of her car, shows that she had no damage done to herself so really not a close call for her. She only went crazy psychologically, according to the detective. Which I can understand, considering she killed someone. I am not trying to sound completely cold, but you people are obviously defending someone who killed someone close to me.
On top of that the investigator stated that he lived in her neighborhood and that she came from a decent family ... which has nothing to do with the accident but seems a bit fishy for him to be investigating if he indeed knows her. Also he stated she looked up... up from what?
Family Member

Oak Creek, WI

#18 Jan 20, 2010
adfdasf wrote:
<quoted text> im sorry to hear about ur uncle but i kno her eyes were on the road and if u did check the site u would see the skid marks on the road so how about u stop trying to make her life hell and shut the **** up
Wow... she took a life. so maybe you should shut up. You think her taking our family member's life makes our lives peachy keen... you need to shut up and let the family grieve. What a jerk you are... and if you are a friend of hers, it shows her character as well. Swearing on here, and telling our family to shut up as we are coping with our loss shows complete disregard and disrespect.
F U S

Oak Creek, WI

#19 Jan 20, 2010
We're not calling Eugene's killer via phone... we're not sending her nasty e-mails either.. She doesn't have to go on this Website either. It's her choice.. So, how exactly are we making her life hell? Remember: She took our family member away from us for FOREVER... She didn't get charged and she didn't even receive a single citation for it. First, she kills our family member and now she's trying to shut the rest of us up, too. The U.S. is a free country.. While it lets killers (e.g., Eugene's killer) off scott-free, it also allows us to voice our opinions. BTW, you told us to shut the f*** up. Are we 20 years-old?!? Wow.. it sure shows!
Monika Wendt

Milwaukee, WI

#20 Jan 20, 2010
Allie wrote:
I'm not on here to point fingers. I can't fathom the pain and confusion this man's family is going through right now, and my heart sincerely goes out to them.
I know the young woman who struck this man, I've spoken to her about what happened, and in all the 10 years I've known her, I've never seen her so consumed with grief. If she veered left, she'd hit oncoming traffic, if she veered right, she'd run into a bar. Her cell phone has no call or text history indicating she was using it at the time of the accident. The police can confirm this. All she could do was brace herself and brake til her life depended on it. It's a miracle she survived, never forget that. Two lives could have been lost.
Of course being attentive is key to driving-- is it not key to stepping out onto a street?
Like I said, I'm not trying to lessen what happened here, and I in no way shape or form want to disregard the family and friends of this late mans grieving, but I just wanted to let everyone know how suffering spreads to more than just those victimized in such incidents.
You obviously did not drive past the site. The bar is way off to the right. She would not have hit the bar. Also by your own words you are stating that my uncle was in the middle of the road. My uncle walked pretty slow. He was 77 years old and obviously did not jump or run out in front of the young lady. The reference to her possibly texting came about because the detective mentioned that "when she looked up" she saw him. If my uncle was already in the middle of the road why did she not see him and slow down and stop? The area is well lit. I cannot fathom how she could have hit him if her eyes were on the road. She may not have been texting but her eyes were definitely not on the road. While I understand that accidents do happen it really doesn't help to find out that the detective working the case is a neighbor of the young lady, that no real investigation appears to have been done, that what the detective told his wife varies from what I was told by a bartendar and customers in the bar, etc. I really do feel for the young lady as I heard she was extremely distraught at this happening and I realize that this is something she is going to live with forever. But I do not appreciate your comment about him "stepping out in the street". As I mentioned earlier he did not run or jump in front of her, was probably well in the street and should have been spotted from almost as far back as Puetz Road which would have given sufficient time for her to avoid hitting him. I did not mean to add to her pain but I can not accept your comment that it is a miracle she is alive or that you really know what you are talking about. Drive past the site and imagine a 77 year old man walking crossing the street(not running or jumping in front of cars). Then tell me how it happened.

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