Posted on Jan 19, 2012

Police Officer Frank Vrtochnik, 37, of Sheboygan, was hit by a car at about 5.15 p.m. on Christmas Day at the intersection of South 17th Street and West Windlake Avenue in Milwaukee. Vrtochnik was standing next to his squad car when a mid-sized sedan headed towards him, the car jumped the curb and the hit the officer while he was trying to get out of the way.
The car took off and witnesses called the emergency services. Vrtochnik was transported to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee in critical condition, later described as stable, then improving.
The Milwaukee police issued a call for witnesses and set up a tip line while advertising extensively the accident, the car, damage description and the search for the culprit.
Thursday, a 19-year-old man, Juan C. Alvarado, was arrested and charged with felony counts of first-degree recklessly injury and recklessly endangering safety. If convicted, the suspect could be sentenced to a maximum of 22 years in prison.
Police found Alvaro’s car, a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu, on Wednesday in a garage in the 1500 block of West Becher Street. A resident, noticing the car parked in a space he rented, then filed a complaint. The damage to the car was consistent with the debris found on the accident scene, and police found traces of blood, skin and hair on the windshield.
The attorneys of Hupy & Abraham wish Officer Frank Vrtochnik a speedy and full recovery.