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Flying tire kills 80-year-old man in Milwaukee


The 80-year-old West Allis man, struck in the face by a tire Thursday, died of his injuries, Milwaukee police said. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man on Wednesday as Thomas Poinkalla of West Allis. The incident happened on 84th Street under the Interstate 94 overpass in Milwaukee. Video released by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows the wheel exiting a northbound pickup truck, rolling down the southbound lanes, flying off the sidewalk, and then hitting the pedestrian in the chest and face. He was taken to Froedtert Hospital where he was being treated for life-threatening injuries. This same video shows the driver of the van immediately rushing to the aid of the pedestrian. Other cars also pulled over to help. The Milwaukee Police Department told WISN 12 News they are investigating the accident. No one has been arrested.

The 80-year-old West Allis man, struck in the face by a tire Thursday, died of his injuries, Milwaukee police said.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man on Wednesday as Thomas Poinkalla of West Allis.

The incident happened on 84th Street under the Interstate 94 overpass in Milwaukee.

Video released by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows the wheel exiting a northbound pickup truck, rolling down the southbound lanes, flying off the sidewalk, and then hitting the pedestrian in the chest and face. He was taken to Froedtert Hospital where he was being treated for life-threatening injuries.

This same video shows the driver of the van immediately rushing to the aid of the pedestrian. Other cars also pulled over to help.

The Milwaukee Police Department told WISN 12 News they are investigating the accident. No one has been arrested.

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