MOUNT PLEASANT — Two pedestrians were severely injured in the Festival Foods parking lot, 5740 Washington Ave., on Sunday morning when they were struck by a motorist allegedly fleeing law enforcement.
The suspect motorist, Isaiah Degroot, an 18-year-old male from Racine, fled a Racine County Sheriff’s Office deputy who attempted to stop him in the Kohl’s parking lot at about 10:40 a.m. The suspect made it only 500 yards before he lost control of the Toyota Sequoia he was driving and crashed in front of Festival Foods, striking the pedestrians as well as a light pole.
Degroot then reportedly ran from the scene before being apprehended by Mount Pleasant Police Department officers about a half-mile away, in the 600 block of Emmertsen Road.
The pedestrians were a middle-aged man and woman, according to Mount Pleasant Police Capt. Brian Smith. The woman was transported via Flight for Life due to the extent of her injuries. Both victims are being treated at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.
“The pedestrians were minding their own business, probably going shopping at Festival Foods,” Smith said during a press conference at the Mount Pleasant Police Station on Sunday afternoon. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and their families.
“He was known to some of our officers,” Smith said.
Degroot is currently in custody at the Racine County Jail. Mount Pleasant Police have referred the following charges to Racine County District Attorney’s office for consideration: Fleeing and eluding, hit and run causing great bodily harm, hit and run causing injury, operating a motor vehicle without owner consent, receiving stolen property, first degree reckless endangering of safety, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, obstructing an officer and nine counts of bail jumping.
The passenger in the vehicle, another man around 18 years old, was also being interviewed on Sunday afternoon.
Smith said he was not sure if the passenger was a suspect.
“We don’t know what his role was,” Smith said. “He did not flee the scene as the suspect did. He’s cooperating with us at this point in time.”
Mount Pleasant Village President Dave DeGroot said Sunday night he’s not related to Isaiah Degroot.
Mount Pleasant police, the Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol all are involved in the ongoing investigation.