(CNN) – A Wisconsin mother who teaches her teenage son to drive has been shot and killed as police say is an accident involving a road accident caused by a car accident.
With his son driving, Tracy Smith was in the passenger seat last Friday afternoon as they headed to a clothing store in Milwaukee, according to a criminal complaint. The Smith family said she was teaching her son to drive at the time, according to CNN affiliate WISN.
As the teenager prepared to turn left of the left lane, a gold van cut off the wrong lane in front of his car, causing
Smith, 46, to get out of the car to check the damage and start yelling at the man, driving van, later her son told the police. The driver of the van said, "B ****, I'm going to kill you," pointed a gun at her and fired, the complaint said.
"He shot me," she said, before stumbling and crashing on
The suspect then made a return turn in his van and fled the scene, police said. Nearby, Smith helped Smith in her car and her son drove her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Milwaukee police said investigators have recovered a video showing a van's license plate and records related to that license plate by a man named Matthew Lee Wilkes.
Wilkes, 35, was taken into custody Saturday and charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon, Milwaukee police said.
"She was a beautiful personality"
Smith works as a sergeant in the Milwaukee County Jail, a medium security prison, according to Wisconsin Secretary of the Caucus Secretary Kevin A Carr
"Sergeant Smith boldly serves 23 Wisconsin years as a DOC member, and his contributions to the Milwaukee Detention Facility (MSDF) will be felt long after her passing, "Carr said in a statement," Today, I want to express my sincere condolences and express my solidarity with Sgt's family, friends and Smith's colleagues.
Her father, Ollie Lukett, remembers her daughter as a beautiful person.
"She knew how to treat people. She knew how to talk to people. It was beautiful, "Lukett told WISN." It was my eldest daughter. And I want you to know how I feel. "
Wilks was previously convicted in 2008 of possession of a firearm by a criminal and possession of cocaine, the complaint states.
After arresting him, police searched his home and found a gun. and drug, probable cause, according to a criminal complaint, according to a criminal complaint, he was charged with possession of a firearm and two drug charges related to that search.
Wilkes appeared in court on murder charges Wednesday, and a monetary bond was set at $ 100,000, according to Online court records
Tom Reed, a regional manager attorney at the Wisconsin Attorney General's Office, said he expects Wilkes to plead not guilty at next week's preliminary hearing, as is typical of defendants in a criminal case.
"The case itself is interesting and we will have to see what happens to it," Reed said.