Chicago man killed in crash involving firefighter suspected of drunk driving

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A Chicago man was killed in an accident involving a Milwaukee firefighter suspected of drunk driving. (WLS)

A Chicago man was killed in an accident involving a Milwaukee firefighter suspected of drunk driving.

A minivan had just pulled out of a parking lot in Milwaukee County Monday afternoon when police say the driver of the pickup truck slammed into the side of it and another car. The driver was an off-duty Milwaukee firefighter. Police said he'd just left the Brewers home opener and was drunk.

Police say the impact killed the passenger, Wendell Ken Johnson, of Chicago, and the driver, who was working for Uber at the time.

Police arrested the off-duty firefighter, though he has not been formally charged.

"I can tell you he is absolutely devastated by what's going on. In all honesty in speaking with him he seems more concerned about the other families that are involved and he's grieving for them," said Julius Kim, the firefighter's attorney. "It's surreal, I think, when something like this happens and then he finds himself on the other end."

Johnson worked for KPMG in Chicago. The company released a statement that said: "Ken had a deep passion for his work and loved our Chicago Office and being a member of the national Risk Consulting practice. He was not only a respected colleague, but a friend to many of us. He will be dearly missed."

Records show this is not the Milwaukee firefighter's first alcohol-related arrest. In 2014, he was convicted of operating a firearm while intoxicated.
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