Divontae Young, 31-year-old wheelchair pedestrian killed after struck by vehicle in Milwaukee, WI

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Divontae Young died in a hit-and-run accident. (Source: Facebook)


31-year-old wheelchair pedestrian Divontae Young met a devastating end on the evening of Monday, Nov. 27, when he tragically succumbed to injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Center and Vel R. Phillips in Milwaukee.

This heartbreaking incident has left a profound impact on the community, highlighting the fragility of life in unexpected moments. Keep reading to know more about it in detail.

Tragic Accident Claims Life of Divontae Young in Milwaukee

Divontae Young’s life was tragically cut short as a result of injuries sustained in a collision with a vehicle at the intersection of Center and Vel R. Phillips in Milwaukee. According to the police, the fatal incident unfolded at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Monday evening, Nov. 27.

Divontae Young was in the roadway when he was struck by a vehicle traveling west on Center Street. Despite prompt emergency response, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene, leaving a profound sense of loss in the community.

Notably, the driver of the involved vehicle displayed responsibility by remaining on the scene and is actively cooperating with the ongoing investigation.

Community in Grief

The community is united in grief as it collectively mourns the tragic passing of Divontae Young, a truly special individual whose vibrant spirit left a lasting impact on those who knew him. Devontae, known for navigating life in his wheelchair with remarkable speed, captured the hearts of many when a video of him skillfully taking down a security guard went viral. Despite facing unique challenges, Devontae’s resilience and charisma endeared him to those around him.

As the news of his untimely death circulates, people are coming together to share fond memories and anecdotes that highlight the warmth and loveliness that defined Divontae’s character. Friends, family, and acquaintances are expressing their sorrow by recounting the joy he brought into their lives and the infectious positivity that radiated from him.

Milwaukee Grapples with Rising Pedestrian Fatalities

Marybeth McGinnis, an advocate for pedestrian safety with Milwaukee Walks, has personally faced the perils of navigating the city’s streets. Recounting her experiences, she shared, “I’ve almost been hit, and I’ve been screamed at when I had the right to walk across the street.” Disturbingly, data from UW-Madison’s Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory reveals that 18 pedestrians have lost their lives on Milwaukee streets this year. While this marks a decrease from the previous year’s record of 26 deaths at this time, it still surpasses the figures from the past four years.

Urban planning experts attribute this rise in pedestrian fatalities to various factors, including the prevalence of larger and heavier vehicles and the behavior of aggressive and reckless drivers. Marybeth McGinnis identifies speeding as a major issue in Milwaukee, emphasizing the deadly consequences of collisions at speeds between 35 to 40 miles per hour, with a staggering 90 percent chance of resulting in fatalities.

A study conducted by Streetlight Data indicates that Milwaukee experienced a significant 16 percent decrease in walking trips from 2021 to 2022, ranking among the sharpest declines in the country. Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works attributes this decline, in part, to safety concerns. In response, the department outlines one of its key initiatives for 2024: the installation of raised crosswalks near schools to encourage drivers to slow down. They aim to have 20 such crosswalks in place by the following year, prioritizing traffic calming measures to enhance pedestrian safety in the city.


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