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UPDATE: La Crosse man suspected as hit and run driver on Christmas Eve in Milwaukee death

Brad Williams

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Fingerprints in an abandoned SUV have led Milwaukee police to identify a La Crosse man as the driver suspected of a fatal hit-and-run. 

The prints match those of Manuel Salazar-Gutierrez, who reportedly was driving his employer’s vehicle in Milwaukee on Christmas Eve, striking and killing a woman walking her dogs.  

Videos taken at the accident scene show that the SUV went onto a sidewalk and hit 36-year-old Jamie Hanson, before knocking over a light pole and dragging the pole down the street. 

The SUV was abandoned in an alley. 

Salazar-Gutierrez is being charged by Milwaukee County with reckless homicide in Hanson’s death.

An arrest warrant was issued by the Milwaukee DA on Jan. 3.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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