Monday, September 17, 2012

Salmon Facing Additional Charges For Causing Two Other Crashes Before Wrong Way Freeway Crash

Erin M. Salmon and Joshua Albert

Salmon, alleged drunk driver facing additional misdemeanor charges and her boyfriend arrested for keeping an individual from reporting an earlier accident caused by Salmon on the Eastside beforing crashing into an off-duty officer on the freeway.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 17, 2012

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office confirmed that Erin M. Salmon, 23, of Milwaukee is facing two additional hit-and-run misdemeanor charges for crashing into two other vehicles in the Eastside after leaving the Landmark bar. Her boyfriend Walter M. Williams, 36, was taken into custody and is also facing two misdemeanor charges for intimidating by keeping the driver of a vehicle that Salmon hit from calling police to report the crash and disorderly conduct. She apparently also hit a second vehicle before getting into the freeway heading the wrong way on I-94 and crashing head-on into a third vehicle driven by an off-duty officer heading home.
A Milwaukee County judge in early September set a $5,000 cash bond for Salmon, who was charged with two felony counts for 2nd-degree reckless endangering safety and injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle. She is currently recovering at a hospital and is suffering from multiple injuries, including a broken ankle from a freeway crash caused by her while she was intoxicated, according to the criminal complaint.
Salmon is facing more than 22 years in prison, if convicted on all charges. Salmon is expected to make her first court appearance on October 9th.
On September 5, off-duty Milwaukee Police Officer Joshua Albert, 31, was injured when Salmon crashed into Albert on I-94. Officer Albert had just finished his shift and was heading home after midnight along I-94 near the 35th Street exit when Salmon going the wrong way on the freeway without headlights struck Albert's vehicle head-on.
Salmon and Albert were critically injured in the crash. Emergency crews had to use Jaws of Life to extract both victims from their mangled vehicles at the scene. They were taken to Froedtert Hospital where they continue to recover, according to Milwaukee Police.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office reported that so far, there have been at least 21 wrong way accidents in the county freeway system this year.

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