MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two men struck and killed by suspected drunk drivers in Milwaukee have been identified as a military veteran who overcame homelessness and a Marquette University business school dean.
The men were killed Tuesday night in separate incidents about a mile apart on the city’s west side.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim of the first crash about 6:30 p.m. as 37-year-old Nathan Garski.
Police say he had been panhandling on the median of an intersection when he was hit by an SUV.
Investigators found Garski’s cane and a sign that read “Homeless and Hungry” underneath the vehicle.
Garski was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, a 47-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated.
Garski was homeless for 16 years before moving into an apartment through a supportive housing program two years ago, said Shelly Sarasin of Street Angels Milwaukee Outreach, a group of volunteers that works with the homeless community, the Journal Sentinel reported.
About 90 minutes later Joe Daniels, 60, was crossing a street on campus after a meeting when he was struck.
Police say the 20-year-old female driver was speeding and intoxicated when she hit Daniels, who was dragged for about 100 to 150 feet, according to a report from the medical examiner.