Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Second Hit-and-Run Milwaukee Victim Dies After Taken Off Life Supports

Edward Giovanni Lindsey

Martin Rodriguez

Lindsey dies after taken off life support.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 16, 2011

Milwaukee - On Tuesday, Edward Giovanni Lindsey, 20, of Beloit, Wisconsin was pronounced dead at about 2:38 a.m. after family members decided to take him off a life support machine at Froedtert Hospital. Lindsey was the son of Frances Pizarro, 49, of Norcross, Georgia who was killed on a hit-and-run incident on November 6, at the 1400 block of W. Greenfield Ave. in Milwaukee's South side. Pizarro was originally from New York, New York and was in Milwaukee visiting relatives.
The hit-and-run driver, Martin Rodriguez, 41, has been charged with 6 felonies for killing Pizarro, including 2 counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one misdemeanor for knowingly operating a vehicle while license revoked causing death.
With Lindsey's death, Rodriguez will face another felony count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
Rodriguez is being held on a $500,000 bail and a federal immigration hold has been placed, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hasn't confirmed, if Rodriguez in undocumented.
The criminal complaint states, Rodriguez who was driving a truck had tried to elude police after they noticed he was driving recklessly in the 1800 block of W. Greenfield Ave. He sped east on W. Greenfield in an excess of speeds between 80 to 90 miles per hour and hit both Pizarro and Lindsey while they crossed the street. Pizarro died at the scene and Lindsey remained in critical condition for a week and a half.
Rodriguez failed to stop until his truck crashed at the 600 block of E. Greenfield and then tried to escape from police by jumping into the Milwaukee Harbor. He was pulled from the cold lake and placed on custody.
Blood alcohol test results confirmed Rodriguez had a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration of 0.206, more than twice the legal limit of Blood/Breath Alcohol Concentration (BAC) 0.08 permitted. Rodriguez had three prior convictions for driving under the influence, state court records indicate.

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