A Chicago man and an Uber driver were killed and an off-duty Milwaukee firefighter arrested following a crash near Miller Park Monday that police believe may have been alcohol-related.
Family members confirmed 38-year-old Ken Johnson, of Chicago, and Uber driver Yoruba Sly-Lunasi, 64, of Milwaukee, were killed in the crash just after the Milwaukee Brewers home openerMonday.
The West Allis Police Department said three vehicles were involved in a crash in the 700 block of South 60th Street in West Allis after a pickup truck traveling southbound on South 60th Street struck a minivan as it made a left-hand turn. The pickup truck and the mini-van then traveled into oncoming traffic and hit a northbound vehicle, police said.
The passenger in the pickup truck and the driver of the car suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Police believe alcohol and speed were a factor in the crash. The driver of the pickup truck, a 31-year-old man from Milwaukee, was taken into custody on suspicion of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
The Milwaukee Fire Department said in a statement that an off-duty firefighter was arrested and in custody for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
“The Milwaukee Fire Department is taking this matter very seriously, and is conducting an internal investigation,” the department said in a statement.
NBC affiliate TMJ4 reports the firefighter was released from jail and no charges had been filed as of Friday.
"Ken had a deep passion for his work and loved our Chicago Office and being a member of the national Risk Consulting practice," said Edward Goings of KPMG Chicago, where Johnson worked. "He was not only a respected colleague, but a friend to many of us. He will be dearly missed."
“We were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic deaths of our driver-partner and rider,” Uber said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to both of the victims’ families during this incredibly difficult time.”