Amy Miller, Paul Woida, Denise Durham Killed in DPW Truck Accident in Wauwatosa, WI
UPDATE (December 21, 2022): Authorities identified the DPW truck driver involved in the crash as 64-year-old Denise Durham. Durham and two others, Amy Miller and Paul Woida, died due to the collision. The factors leading up to the crash are still under investigation.
Wauwatosa, WI -- December 13, 2022, Amy Miller, Paul Woida, and another person were killed due to an accident involving a DPW truck.
Officials said that the accident happened at around noon in the area of Mayfair Road and Wisconsin Avenue.
Police believe the incident occurred after an initial hit-and-run. They say a Department of Public Works truck was in a minor collision, then left the scene. While doing so, the DPW truck crashed with several vehicles.
Due to the collision, 40-year-old Amy Miller and 85-year-old Paul Woida were killed. The DPW driver, currently unidentified, was also killed due to the crash. Authorities have not given further information at this time.
Commentary on Amy Miller, Paul Woida, Denise Durham DPW Truck Accident in Wauwatosa
Commercial vehicle hit and runs are always concerning, but one allegedly involving a municipal employee is very unusual. I can't help wondering if this is all some big misunderstanding. Is it possible a public employee would do something as wrong as fleeing a crash scene and causing another deadly crash? Absolutely, and it would warrant investigations into things like the driver's history, their employers safety protocols, the condition of the truck, and other common issues such as cell phone usage or intoxicated driving. But at the same time, it would be irresponsible to ignore the possibility that all of the people who lost their lives here were victims over factors they couldn't necessarily avoid. If for no other reason than to ensure people know they're getting the full story, it's important that complex deadly truck wrecks like this have experienced investigators handling things and ensuring nothing slips through the cracks.