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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Woman fatally struck in Wauwatosa hit-and-run, juveniles arrested

Four Wauwatosa teenagers committed auto theft and intentionally struck a woman, who was pronounced dead early Thursday morning.

Forty-seven-year-old Oshkosh resident Sunita Suratu Balogun-Olayiwola noticed the juveniles attempting auto theft near a Holiday Inn Express around 1:50 a.m., according to CBS 58. Balogun-Olayiwola sought to notify hotel staff of the perceived felony.

Police reported interaction between the suspects — a 13-year-old male, 14-year-old female, 15-year-old female and 15-year-old male, according to Lt. Shane Wrucke — and Balogun-Olayiwola, reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“The victim tried to intervene in the attempted auto theft and was struck by a dark-colored SUV,” said the City of Wauwatosa news release. “The victim succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased on-scene.” 

One of four teenagers allegedly got into the victim’s SUV, which was used to “intentionally” strike Balogun-Olayiwola, according to Wrucke. The remaining suspects entered the car, as well.

“Last night, around 8:40 p.m., investigators located Sunita’s vehicle, which was found parked and occupied by four subjects,” Wrucke said Friday. “A short vehicle pursuit ensued, but the vehicle was able to elude our officers. The vehicle was located a short time later, abandoned.”

The suspects were interviewed at the Wauwatosa Police Department and subsequently moved to the Milwaukee County Juvenile Justice Center, where “charges will be referred in the near future,” Wrucke said

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