SUAB HMONG NEWS (10/09/2017) –The following article has been posted on the www.patch.com
The 41-year-old Oak Creek man who died in Saturday’s I-43 crash has been identified as the husband of a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge.
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According to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office, the deceased has been identified as 41-year-old Long Thao from Oak Creek. According to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report, Thao was the husband of first-term Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Kashoua Yang. The couple had three daughters, aged 17, 6 and 2. Media reports indicated that Thao worked as a machinist and a second-shift supervisor with a Milwaukee-area company.
Saturday Night Crash On I-43
According to a report from the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of the SUV, later identified as Thao, was driving erratically on I-43 heading south just before 6 p.m. Saturday. Sheriff’s officials say the vehicle that Thao was operating was as a black 2001 Toyota 4-Runner. The crash remains under investigation by the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office.
Reports indicated Thao was swerving from his lane, exhibited erratic changes in speed and came to a stop on the interstate briefly before resuming.
According to a FOX 6 report, deputies tried to pull over Thao’s vehicle Saturday night. Deputies were not able to pull him over. Thao’s vehicle struck a limo bus that was pulled over to the right shoulder of the highway near Highway D in the Town of Belgium.
Thao’s vehicle rolled over several times before coming to a rest. Images from the scene showed that the vehicle was heavily damaged, and had come to rest on its roof. The vehicle appeared to have left a trail of debris before coming to a stop.
Sheriff’s officials say the driver of the limo bus wasn’t seriously injured as a result of the crash.