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Suspect Arrested in Hit-and-Run

Carlos Ward, 29, Milwaukee, cited for accident that injured a Waukesha woman and killed her dog.

A 29-year-old Milwaukee man has been cited for the hit-and-run accident that injured a Waukesha woman and killed her dog the evening of June 8.

Police pulled over a vehicle at the intersection of East Main Street and North East Avenue at 5 p.m. last night that matched the description of the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run

A subsequent investigation confirmed it to be the vehicle involved in the hit and run, according to police.

Carlos M. Ward was arrested and transported to the police department where he admitted his involvement in the hit and run of the woman but told police that he did not realize he had struck the dog, police said.

Ward was cited and released. He received citations for a hit-and-run accident -- causing injury, failure to yield right-of-way while making a left-hand turn and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. 

A subsequent release from police clarified the charges in the case. Two of the citations Ward received were for municipal charges -- operating without insurance and failure to yield right of way.

The hit-and-run citation could result in a felony charge for Ward for which penalties vary depending on the severity of the injury to the woman. If convicted of a felony hit-and-run accident involving injury to a person who did not suffer great bodily harm, Ward faces a penalty up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment up to 9 months.

The case will be forwarded to the Waukesha County District Attorney's office for consideration of charges in the hit-and-run citation and to the Waukesha City Attorney's office for the two municipal traffic offenses, according to police.

Debbie Schultz, 54, of Waukesha suffered a broken foot in. The accident occurred as Schultz was walking across the intersection of Broadway and Barstow avenues.

The car came out of nowhere, Schultz said in an interview late Thursday afternoon.

“He just totally bashed into us,” she said.

Schultz said she felt helplessness, watching as her dog was hit. Lexi walked away immediately following and then just sort of “hunched over,” she said. Schultz couldn’t go to it because of her injuries. Emergency personnel attended to the dog but it died of its injuries.

“The minute I heard that sound I knew she was going to die,” Schultz said.

Schultz had received Lexi as a gift from her husband shortly before his death in a car accident in 2008. The dog had been a comfort for her as she grieved his sudden death.

However, after completing other training, Schultz and Lexi started service dog training this past winter. Lexi was particularly suited as a service dog because she was responsive and attentive to her owner.

“I was so proud of her. She was doing really well,” Schultz said.

That training may have prevented Schultz from being more injured than she was. Although the accident happened quickly, Schultz thinks Lexi moved to protect her owner before the impact.

“I really think she turned toward me to save me,” Schultz said.

Schultz was unable to be reached following the news of Ward’s arrest in the case.

Editor's note: this article has been updated to include information from the Waukesha Police Department regarding the citations issued and potential charges.

clearthinker June 15, 2012 at 04:23 PM
One has to wonder if he too was visiting his cousin who lives on Jackson Court. I hope that they throw the book at this guy!
Waukesha Girl June 15, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Citations??? You hit a woman and kill her dog and take off and all you get is a CITATION???? Wow....
Waukesha Girl June 15, 2012 at 04:26 PM
He was given citations - mere tickets...
William Graham June 15, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Fine investigative work, again! Your efforts to continuously look for the suspect vehicle were successful nearly a week after the accident. Keep up the great work, guys and gals! And thanks once again!!!
Amy Gilgenbach June 15, 2012 at 06:44 PM
All, please note the update to the article that discusses the citations and potential charges. The hit-and-run citation could result in a felony charges for Ward for which penalties vary depending on the severity of the injury to the woman.The case is being forward to the DA for consideration of charges.
Amy Gilgenbach June 15, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I respectfully ask that people keep their comments in line with Patch's terms of use. Comments that promote racism, bigotry or hatred against any group or individual will be deleted. Thank you.
Bob Belmer June 16, 2012 at 04:32 AM
your threats of censorship in no way diminish the facts, and in fact just confirms... "consider the source" doesn't it.. This coward had no right to be driving at all, why should he be shown consideration...he had none for the victims. DID HE!!!
Elizabeth Smith June 16, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I've got to agree with them. A ticket is a slap on the wrist, when I'm sure Ms. Schultz feels she lost a family member. He knew he hit the woman but kept going. Where's the justice? We ALL know there will be little to no actual action besides the citations, hence the outrage.
Johnny Paycheck June 17, 2012 at 04:23 AM
I'm sure Ms. Schultz feels does feel like she lost a family member, but unfortunately animals are treated as property as far as the law is concerned. If he had hit the dog deliberately he would probably be facing some type of animal cruelty charges, but it appears to have been an accident where his crime is not having injured the woman and killed the dog, but not having stopped to take responsibility. Nothing from the article infers that he is getting off with municipal citations though-- it's been sent to the DA's office and the district attorney for review and the guy will probably end up getting charged with felony hit and run and then cop a plea to a misdemeanor. Given that it was an accident the injury to the woman and the death of the dog is not something that punishing this man is going to be able to prevent or deter. Leaving the scene is what this is all about.
Annie June 18, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Very well said Bob. Hey look at it this way, that's the Liberals views to ShUt us all up and control what we say and what we don't. no surprise to me at all.
Annie June 18, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Exactly

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