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Hit-and-Run Injures Woman, Kills Dog

SUV fled the scene following accident at Barstow and Broadway streets Friday night.

A woman and her service dog were victims of a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Barstow and Broadway streets at 9:43 p.m. Friday, according to police.

The service dog died from its injuries. The woman was treated for minor injuries, Sgt. Gregg Satula said.

The woman and her dog were attempting to cross the intersection when they were struck by an SUV. The vehicle fled the scene.

Although Freeman Friday Night Live was going on in the area, the incident does not at this time appear to be related to the event, according to police.

Police are releasing limited information about the incident due the ongoing investigation.

There were witnesses to the hit-and-run, but others who may have information are asked to call the Waukesha Police Department non-emergency number, 262-524-3831.

the 'sha guy June 09, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Any information on the suspected vehicle? Make, year, color?
Amy Gilgenbach June 09, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I asked but police are not releasing that information yet due to the ongoing nature of the investigation. Amy
Tracy Craft June 09, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Is that what happened? I wondered why the cop cares were there. Sorry. I didn't see anything.
michelle June 09, 2012 at 02:10 PM
What is with these people. Dogs are like family. I'm a dog lover myself. I have a dog of my own.
colleen June 09, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Surely there is some camera surveillance to assist in this case. This particular block and intersection appear to be problematic for a number of reasons.
@-;-'---- Rose June 09, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Is the woman Debbie Nicklasch and her dog Smokey?
Lynn Vander Meer June 09, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Pedestrians don't have a chance in Waukesha. There are a number of lights where the timing is so bad it is impossible to make it across the street on one light change and you would need to be sighted to complete. College and Grand is one. Plus the drivers just do not LOOK when they turn. They are anxious to complete their turn. How sad for that lady. A service dog is an expensive aid to replace, to say nothing of the emotions involved.
Amy Gilgenbach June 09, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Just a note: Police are not releasing the woman's identity. They did indicate she wasn't blind. Amy
@-;-'---- Rose June 09, 2012 at 04:45 PM
The woman I mentioned is NOT blind...has a service dog to serve her many needs when in her wheelchair.
michelle June 09, 2012 at 05:08 PM
No It's not Debbie.
Kat June 09, 2012 at 05:58 PM
What kind of person runs down somebody and their service dog and drives away? People are disgusting.
Jim June 09, 2012 at 06:10 PM
This was my mother, she loved her dog. After my father passed away in 2008 her dog was her best friend and companion. If anyone has any information, please report it to the police. It makes me sick this happened in my hometown of Waukesha, a city I love.
@-;-'---- Rose June 09, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Your mom has my deepest sympathy on the loss of her beloved friend and companion. The drivers in Waukesha are just terrible at pedestrian crossings...many of them who I know personally are really nice people otherwise...go figure??
Patty June 09, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Jim - I'm so sorry your Mom is injured and that she lost her best friend in this hit and run. I hope they find the creep who did this.
Liz E June 09, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I know this lady & Knowing how much she loved her dog & how proud she was of him for being a service dog this is going to be a very hard loss for her to bear. This is going to be devastating for her. Please have patients with her. This dog meant everything to her. I am so sorry this happened.
Liz E June 09, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Your Mom is my friend. This, with the loss of the other dog on thurs is going to be devastating for her. If she needs to get away, send her down to see me in Florida I will take care of her.
Johnny June 09, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Jim, I was there with your mom right after it happened. My dog of 14 years was put to sleep last week and had the same name as your moms dog so I was devastated when I heard your mom calling her name. Even with her injuries all she wanted To do was try to stand up and get to her dog. They are not "just dogs" they are family. Waukesha police WILL find this coward and should be convicted of the equivalent of manslaughter for taking the life of your moms girl. Praying for you my brother.
Debbie June 09, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Thanks to all of you who have responded with posts. I remember you Johhny and in the midst of all that pain I remember you speaking to me about your "Lexie". I am thankful for all those who helped last night. My life changed forever in seconds. These posts are helping me through that horrible hit and run.
Liz E June 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM
sorry I missed your call. So sorry about Lexie! You can come visit me if you need to get away! Hope your injuries to your body are not too severe & not too painful. Take care of yourself.
Allyson Carter June 10, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Does the lady live in the Rivers Edge apartments?
Liz E June 10, 2012 at 06:08 AM
no,she dosen't
michelle June 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Does the person live at East Terrice? Is her name Donna?
Diane June 10, 2012 at 01:14 PM
To say this in a nice way... People please stop guessing on who it is. No information will be posted here on who it is at this time. Sooner or later everyone will know who it is. Now on another note. I was outside on break when I heard this and I seen the SUV slow down and then drove away. at the time I did not know what he hit for I did not have a clear view. Shortly after I found out I thought she was going to be ok. However now reading that she lost a dog she is not going to be ok for a long while. My heart is breaking for hearing that a animal lost their life. The person who who did this should be charged not only for hitting her but also murdering her "child". Who ever this lady is I will keep her in my prayers. I am sorry for her lost.
Amy Gilgenbach June 10, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Speculation in this forum about who the woman may be is inappropriate and any further comments on the topic will be deleted. I will update when/if more information becomes publicly available. I understand people are asking about the woman's identity out of concern for someone they think they may know but the woman's name is not being made public because she's been the victim of a tragic crime. I have been humbled reading the words of support the community is offering to the woman and touched by the amount of sympathy and concern shown here for her. I hope that show of support continues. To the woman: please accept my condolences on the loss of your beloved dog. As a life-long dog and pet owner, I know how much our animals mean to us but I can only imagine your pain in these tragic circumstances. I hope for your healing, physically and emotionally. Sincerely, Amy Gilgenbach Waukesha Patch guest editor
Allyson Carter June 12, 2012 at 12:21 AM
"Victim of a tragic crime"?? Really?? It's just a freaking dog people. I was just wondering if it was my obese former neighbor. Go ahead and bash me. I won't be back
Liz E June 12, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Any time a Human is run down by a car & the person does not stop to render aid it is a Tragic Crime. This woman was seriously injured! The fact that her beloved dog was killed was important to her!

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