The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office charged 18-year-old Michael E. Hobbs on February 26 for the deadly hit-and-run crash on February 22 at S. 84th Street and W. Wilbur Avenue. Hobbs admitted to stealing the Chevrolet Tahoe on February 19 from the 900 block of S. 34th Street. On February 22, Hobbs was driving in the stolen car with several other accomplices reached speeds of 78 miles per hour eastbound on W. Wilbur Avenue. Hobbs failed to stop at the stop sign and collided with a southbound Buick Century. After the collision, the Buick and Chevrolet continued eastbound and collided with a 2008 Scion XD before coming to a stop. The crash killed 74-year-old Bernard A. Hanson and 64-year-old Mary C. Hanson, both of Milwaukee. After the crash, Hobbs fled from the scene in an accompanying car. A witness noted the license plate of that vehicle and gave it to police. MPD officers quickly found the driver of that car who led them to Hobbs. Five charges have been filed against Hobbs including two counts of Second Degree Reckless Homicide, two counts and Hit and Run-Resulting in Death, and one count of Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent. If convicted on all charges, Hobbs could be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.
You can read the criminal complaint against Hobbs here.