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Woman dead after police officer accidentally ran her over

Police had been called for a welfare check of the woman.
Police car sits in between traffic cones on a residential street
Posted at 9:01 AM, Jul 29, 2023

A woman died after a police officer accidentally ran her over Thursday evening in Greenfield, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. Police say she was lying in the street when it happened.

According to the Greenfield Police Department, police were called for a welfare check of a woman in the 5000 block of South 34th Street around 6:30 p.m.

"Unknown to the officer upon arrival, the female was lying in the roadway and the officer accidentally drove over the female," the department shared in a statement Friday.

Scripps News Greenfield

The officer called for an ambulance and rendered aid to the woman.

The 42-year-old Milwaukee woman was transported to the hospital with what was believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. However, she later died at the hospital.

The involved officer has been placed on administrative leave.

"The Greenfield Police Department values the life and well being of all our community members and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family on the loss of their loved one," the department said. "Our goal is to determine what happened and to ensure our policies, procedures, and training prevent a similar accident from happening again."

The Milwaukee Area Investigative Team is investigating the incident and the Wisconsin State Patrol will reconstruct the accident scene.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office will also conduct an independent review of the case.

This story was originally published by Madison Goldbeck at Scripps News Milwaukee.