A 46-year-old Wisconsin mother was giving her 17-year-old son a driving lesson when their car was involved in a minor traffic accident. That minor accident turned deadly when the driver of the car that struck Tracey Smith and her son shot and killed her.
Smith, who was a sergeant with the State Department of Corrections, was teaching her son to drive when their car was struck from behind. According to the Milwaukee Police, Smith had gotten out of her vehicle after the "minor accident" to confront the driver of the car that hit her. The Police reported on Twitter that "words were exchanged and the driving of the striking vehicle pulled out a firearm and shot the passenger, who is a 46-year-old female. The suspect fled the scene and witnesses drove the victim to a local hospital."
Words were exchanged and the driving of the striking vehicle pulled out a firearm and shot the passenger, who is a 46 year old female. The suspect fled the scene and witnesses drove the victim to a local hospital.— Milwaukee Police (@MilwaukeePolice) September 2, 2019
The suspect fled the scene and Smith's son drove his mother to the hospital, where she was tragically pronounced dead. A 35-year-old man was arrested in connection with the shooting but authorities will not release his identity until formal charges have been made, ABC News reports.
Police say a man hit their car and opened fire when Tracy Smith got out to talk with him. https://t.co/MbpmAYzUAJ— ABC12WJRT (@ABC12WJRT) September 3, 2019
Smith's father, Ollie Luckett, spoke to local news station WISN about the senseless tragedy. "I don't know what to say, but I know one thing, the way my daughter lost her life. it wasn't right. It ain't right," he said, blaming the incident on reckless driving and road rage. "You know how it is on these streets. You probably ride it. You know how these people are acting. It's ridiculous. My daughter shouldn't have lost her life like that," Luckett added.
"She was a beautiful person," Luckett said of his daughter. "She knew how to treat people. She knew how to talk to people. She was wonderful. That was my oldest daughter. And I wish you knew how I feel."
Sherri Luckett, Smith’s younger sister told news station TMJ4 that her sister hadn't gone to confront the other driver when she got out of her vehicle and was only going to check on any damage. “That was a real weak man move to sit there and shoot a lady in front of her son,” Luckett said. She also said that she hopes her nephew will be able to recover from the horror of seeing his mother shot to death in front of him. “I just hope he can bounce back,” Luckett said. “I’m just praying he will stay on track and won’t allow what would break most people to break him.”