Sunday, January 8, 2012

17-year-old Drunk Driver Charged For New Year's Fatal Crash That Killed Couple In Milwaukee

Kelly Duke

Suspect had a prior DWI charge and a suspended license.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 8, 2012

Milwaukee - Last week Wednesday, Kelly Duke, 17, was charged with with two felony counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, two felony counts of homicide use of a vehicle with prohibited alcohol concentrate of 0.183, two felony counts of hit-and-run involving death, one felony count for operating a vehicle without the owners consent and two misdeamenor counts for driving with a suspended license causing great bodily harm. Duke was driving and speeding north on N. 27th St. and W. St. Paul Ave. around 6:30 a.m. on New Year's Day when he hit a curb and his vehicle went airborne slamming into another vehicle parked at a stop light intersection.
A couple from New Berlin, Jean and Edwin Thaves were fatally killed. They had just left Potawatomi Bingo Casino. Duke was headed to Potawatomi Casino as well to pick up his girlfriend, according to police.
Duke after the fatal crash fled the scene. But, his brother happened to go by the accident and told police that Duke had taken the vehicle without permission.
Police later arrested Duke. He confessed that he had been drinking at a party and afterwards had driven the vehicle. Duke admitted, that he can't remember what had happened on New Year's Day, including killing the couple.
He was previously convicted for driving drunk and had his license suspended.

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