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Former Milwaukee Police Officer Dies in Crash in Racine County on Hgwy. 83

Posted on Mar 11, 2011

March 8, 2011 - Racine County, Wis. - A fiery single-vehicle accident in Racine County claimed the life of a former police lieutenant who had worked for 2 suburban Milwaukee police departments, according to a Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel report.

The former officer, 46-year-old John J. Andrews, resided in the Town of Waterford. Based on a news report from the Sheriff's Office in Racine County, Andrews was southbound on Highway 83 in Waterford late in the evening on February 19. He apparently lost control of his vehicle when he tried to navigate a curve south of Highway L.

Andrews was a 25-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department. He had retired from Kenosha County Twin Lakes Police Department in 2008, where he was a lieutenant

Andrews went off the road on the east side of the highway and ran into a tree. The impact caused his vehicle to erupt in flames.

Several 911 calls were placed but emergency workers arrived to find Andrews' body in his vehicle. He is survived by 2 daughters, an 8-year-old and a 14-year-old, based on information from the Twin Lakes Police Department.

Andrews was also working as an investigator in Waukesha County for the Big Bend Police Department, where he was still employed at the time of the accident.

According to crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 561 fatalities in 2009 because of traffic accidents in Wisconsin.

As a service to the residents of Wisconsin, our firm will frequently publish blogs about local traffic accidents. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents occurring in Wisconsin that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.

Common accidents include, but are not limited to: 

  • single-car accidents;
  • accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
  • accidents caused by distracted drivers or aggressive driving. 

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