A South Milwaukee alderman has received an OWI citation after hitting a 5-year-old with his car in May.
Ramon Navarro, 83, who represents District 2, received a municipal testimonial for the first offense OWI and for having a prohibited alcohol amount greater than 0.15.
These municipal quotes came after the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office reviewed the victim’s medical records and declined to issue criminal charges against Navarro after finding “no significant injuries” from the incident, according to the police report.
At around 9:30 on the night of May 30, Maria Neharth, a South Milwaukee resident, heard a shout that someone had been hit by a car, so she went outside.
“All you could hear was a little boy screaming and crying,” she said.
According to the police report:
South Milwaukee police were dispatched to Fifth and Marquette Avenues on May 30 for a report that a vehicle had hit a child. The boy was alert and had no obvious life-threatening breathing injuries. He was taken to the Children’s Hospital.
A witness, who was driving south at the time, said the child was barefoot in the middle of a northbound street at the crossroads and there were no adults around. The witness was standing and going to help the boy from the crossroads when he saw a 2015 Toyota Camry approaching. The witness said he waved his hand and shouted in an attempt to get the driver’s attention, but Toyota hit the boy.
The driver, Navarro, told police that he was on his way to Cudahi to get food for himself and his wife when the child “just jumped.” He said he “at first thought it was a dog.”
Police said Navarro’s eyes were covered in blood and smelled of moderate alcohol. He did not have glasses, although his license requires corrective lenses; Navarro told police that he didn’t need glasses to drive. He told officers he had one beer, but later said it was a maximum of two.
A preliminary breath test indicated that Navarro’s blood-alcohol content was 0.16; He was arrested on the spot. In Wisconsin, it is illegal for an adult driver without a prior conviction to drive with a BAC of more than 0.08.
In the 400 block of Marquette Avenue, a group was barbecuing in the backyard, and the boy was playing in the yard with other children. No one saw him leave, but many said he had probably jumped out of a fence gate and was gone in less than five minutes.
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