A man was driving the wrong way Sunday on I-43 when he hit a vehicle coming the other way, which contained a woman and her two children, in a Milwaukee head on collision, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The man could face up to 88 years in prison as his blood alcohol content at the time of the crash was 0.14, well above the legal limit of .08.
Chaze Biami, the 36-year-old man in the car, faces ten potential felony charges as a result of the head on collision. Biami was driving his white Lexus southbound on an exit ramp to northbound I-43 at Fond du Lac Avenue, in the City of Milwaukee. The accident happened around 4:30 a.m.
The adult driver of the other car was found without a pulse and not breathing by authorities when they removed her from the car. The woman was revived and taken to the hospital with serious injuries, which included broken ribs, kidney hematoma (swelling), fractures in her right arm and both legs, and a lung injury. Her five-year-old daughter had cuts and pelvic and internal injuries. Her eight-year-old daughter had a broken collarbone, cuts, and internal injuries.
Biami was taken to the hospital for cuts and a fractured ankle; however, he could not remember where he’d been drinking. Odds are, he suffered a head injury as well.
Motor vehicle wrecks are the third leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries among all age groups. Motor vehicle wrecks make up 14 percent of all TBI’s, according to the CDC. Car wrecks also are the leading cause of non-fatal hospitalizations due to TBI for people in the 15-44 years old age group.
In a motor vehicle wreck, the sheer magnitude of the crash can cause head injury. This happens when the soft material of the brain collides with the hard surface of the skull. The skull is there to protect the brain in most cases, but in cases of high impact the skull can cause the injury. The brain continues to move at high speeds, striking the skull. The brain can be bruised (known as a contusion) or start to bleed (known as a hemorrhage).
There are few risks in society as severe as a head on collision at expressway speeds. Our hopes are with this family for the best possible recovery in the Milwaukee head on collision.