Milwaukee War Memorial crash damage repaired in time for Memorial Day
Nick Montes reports. Video by wtmj.comvideo
MILWAUKEE - On Monday, Southeastern Wisconsin was to join the rest of the country in honoring our fallen war heroes.
However, the Memorial Day ceremonies at the War Memorial Center in downtown Milwaukee almost didn't happen because of a suspected drunk driver.
The driver allegedly sent her car through the War Memorial's windows, but crews rushed to replace the windows so the War Memorial could host special events on Monday.
Police say Rosalin Rodriguez drove drunk before crashing through the windows in April. Her car was found wedged in the middle of the stairs.
The estimated cost of damage was at least $300,000.
"Two of the large windows were destroyed. One certainly had a unique feature of this building. Some are slanted," said David Drent, the executive director of the War Memorial.
Crews had to work fast to beat the Memorial Day deadline, so special remembrances could happen on Monday.
"We were hustling to make sure we got done before Memorial Day weekend, and we got there."
The War Memorial is considering adding large blocks of granite to protect the front entrance.