Student injured in hit-and-run at Straz Tower

Witnesses say victim was jaywalking and talking on cell phone at time

A Marquette student was the victim of a hit-and-run in front of Straz Tower Tuesday afternoon.

The female student was struck by a minivan while crossing the intersection of North 10th Street and West Wisconsin Avenue, according to Russell Shaw, associate director of the Department of Public Safety.

The vehicle was traveling in the center eastbound lane of Wisconsin Avenue and supposedly had a green light. The student was reportedly on her cell phone and crossing against the pedestrian signal at the time of the incident, Shaw said.

A witness said the vehicle continued heading east on Wisconsin Avenue after striking the victim.

Shaw said DPS was alerted to the incident after a university employee told them a student was lying injured in the street.

Greenfield police were the first responders to the incident. Two officers were on their way to the district attorney’s office at the Milwaukee County Safety Building when they noticed the victim lying in the street. The officers, however, did not witness the incident.

Greenfield officers immediately notified the Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwaukee Fire Department for assistance. Two students also aided officials at the scene.

Paramedics transported the victim to Froedtert Hospital to receive treatment. She has since been treated and released.

On Wednesday, MPD released additional information about the suspected vehicle. Police are looking for a silver or gray Dodge Caravan-style minivan missing the right front hubcap with tinted rear windows and low air pressure in the right rear tire.

A witness said the vehicle had a cracked windshield and front-end damage. The year of the vehicle could not be verified.

Anyone with information is asked to call MPD at 414-935-7232.