Mother, son killed in alleged West Allis drunk-driving crashes hours, blocks apart

CREATED Apr 29, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr 30, 2012

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WEST ALLIS - New details emerged Monday in a case of an eerie and tragic coincidence in West Allis, and the allegedly drunk drivers in both incidents may face charges.

Two separate traffic accidents in a matter of five hours killed a mother and son.  Mary Moore, 45, and Thomas Olson, 22 were killed in the crashes.

The first was a hit and run crash in the 1500 block of 81st Street just south of Greenfield Avenue just before 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning.  Moore had been drinking, left a bar and was walking near that area when a vehicle struck her.

According to preliminary information that the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's office received from West Allis Police, a witness said they saw "the striking vehicle go over an unknown object 'like a speed bump' and drove off.  The witness did not realize that it was a body until they were closer."

"She was just n the roadway, and most likely lying down, and we don't know why," said West Allis Deputy Chief Charles Padgett.

The driver suspected of hitting Moore was arrested for leaving the scene of the crash.

People who live on South 81st Street are blaming both the intersection and distracted driving for the events that led up to the deadly crash.

"People don't stop.  They don't even look.  They're on their phones or whatever.  They just go through.  It's ridiculous," said Scott Hummel, who lives near the intersection.

Then, around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Olson was killed in a rollover crash near the corner of South 90th Street and West National Avenue.

That crash also led to injuries to others who were riding in the SUV.

"My information was that they were gong to the hospital," Padgett told TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes.

He did not know she had been pronounced dead at the scene of her crash.

The Medical Examiner said Monday morning that he was ejected from the vehicle. According to their report, that SUV was going about 90 miles per hour on Becher Street when it approached National Avenue.

The driver in that crash was also arrested for drunk driving.

Alcohol is thought to be a factor in both incidents.