Crossing guard in crash undergoes amputation, alderman says.
A Milwaukee crossing guard seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash is now an amputee, Ald. Cavalier Johnson said Monday.
Andrew Tyler, 71, was walking to his post at Kluge Elementary School about 6:25 a.m. Friday when he was hit by a burgundy car in the 7200 block of W. Carmen Ave.
The driver sped off and Tyler, who has worked as a crossing guard for nine years, suffered broken bones and other serious injuries and was taken to a hospital, Milwaukee police said.
Johnson, who represents the area where the crash occurred, has consistently condemned reckless driving.
“Unfortunately, reckless driving in our neighborhoods reached a new low when, late last week, a school crossing guard was the victim of a hitand-run accident,” Johnson said in a news release.
“This morning his wounds required amputation,” he said. “There is no excuse for this dangerous and reckless behavior in our neighborhoods, and there are not enough words to console the victim and his family.”
On Friday, Tyler’s daughter told WDJT-TV (Channel 58) his legs had been crushed in the crash and doctors were considering amputation.
“How can you leave someone in the street like that?” Karin Tyler said. “He’s fighting for his life right now. He has children, grandchildren.”
Milwaukee police are still searching for the driver and the car, a burgundy, four-door 1997-2001 Buick Park Avenue or LeSabre. Anyone with information is asked to call (414) 935-7360.
Surveillance footage captured this image of the car fleeing from the hit-and-run.