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Police: Fox Point Woman Cited for Hit-and-Run

She told police that despite living in Fox Point for 30 years, she got lost navigating around the Green Tree Road construction and hit a parked car.

A 65-year-old Fox Point woman was cited for hit-and-run after she side-swiped a parked car in the 7000 block of N. Fairchild Circle, even though she went back and left her information with a nearby homeowner. 

According to the report:

met with the victim, a 37-year-old Milwaukee man, around 9 p.m. on Aug. 18. He told police he had been at a birthday party since 6 p.m.

He showed officers the driver's side wing mirror was shattered and knocked forward, and both the front and rear fenders were dented. There was also a scrape along the entire length of his car. Lying on the roadway next to his car was a silver passenger side wing mirror from a different vehicle.

Police took apart the wing mirror that was left in the roadway and discovered it belonged to a 2006 Honda Odyssey minivan.

Just a few days later, on Aug. 21 around 7 p.m., the same officer was traveling in the 8500 block of North Port Washington Road and saw the same silver, Honda Odyssey traveling in the opposite lane, missing a passenger side wing mirror. The officer turned around and pulled the car over in the 300 block of West Brown Deer Road and asked the driver why she was missing a mirror. 

She said she had hit, “something.” When asked if she’d hit a parked car three days ago, she said, “Yes,” explaining that the night of the collision, she was lost and confused due to the construction and road closure on Green Tree Road, despite having lived in the village for 30 years. She said she gets lost in the village because of the dark and narrow streets and she doesn’t pay attention to street signs.

She said when she hit the parked car; she didn’t know what to do. So, she drove around and tried to make her way back to the car she hit. There was a house party going on, she she attempted to locate the owner at the party. She said she left her name and number with the Glendale resident in case one of the party goers was the car owner. She said she thought she did everything she could do, however, officers said since she couldn’t find the owner, she should have contacted police.

She was cited for hit and run. 

Michael September 02, 2012 at 06:04 PM
If this woman is getting lost in her own neighborhood, maybe its time to surrender her license. Not to sound malicious, but the elderly whose reaction timehas slowed really need to think twice about continuing driving. Elderly drivers cause a lot of accidents. I speak from experience. My dad had been getting worse and worse at driving so we sat down and talked about it and he decided to stop driving.
Sarah Worthman September 04, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Thanks for the comment, Michael. I think you bring up a very valid point - just as we have tests for young teens learning to drive who have slower reaction time (from lack of experience), should we require the same kind of test after a certain age for the same reason, possible slow reaction time? What age do you think would be good? How could we fund this potentially?

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