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Hit-and-Run Suspect Says Victim was His Friend

Michael Frey of Saukville is charged with hit-and-run causing injury after the early Sunday morning incident that sent Port resident Chris Morano to the hospital, where he remains in "satisfactory" condition at the hospital.

A 20-year-old Saukville man is facing charges of hit-and-run causing injury after striking a pedestrian — who turned out to be a friend — while driving through downtown Port Washington and then fleeing the scene to .

Michael Frey said he did not see the victim, Chris Morano, until the impact occurred, according to police reports. Port Washington officers down the street witnessed the accident at 1:33 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Franklin Street, and "saw a male subject fly up into the air, flip and land on the ground," according to the report.

Morano suffered a "head injury, contusions to his left elbow and screamed of pain to his lower torso." He was transported to Froedtert Medical Center in Milwaukee; hospital officials said he remains in satisfactory condition at the clinic.

A passenger in the vehicle also said she did not see Morano until it was too late.

Frey told officers he fled the scene because he panicked and didn't know what to do. He asked officers the name of the victim, and upon learning it was Morano "became immediately upset," according to police reprots. Frey said Morano was friend who had likely recognized him while driving and came out to say "hi."

After leaving the downtown area, Frey headed toward Upper Lake Park. Officers note that he passed a clearly marked police vehicle on Lake Street while fleeing the scene.

Given the situation, officers conducted field sobriety tests, which Frey passed. A breathalyzer test showed a .00 blood alcohol content.

Frey now faces up to 9 months in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines. He will make his initial appearance in Ozaukee County court at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 6. 

Terry July 26, 2012 at 10:12 AM
So he was sober and he fled anyway? Moron.
jonathan July 31, 2012 at 01:54 AM
hey terry, your an idiot. this kid was obviously scared and dont judge someone until your in there shoes. your just a loser that sits at home on his/her computer because in the real world no one likes you and people consider you the moron.
Terry August 01, 2012 at 12:07 AM
So... friend of his or relative. Has to be about the only thing I can think of to get you wound up that much. Oh, and BTW, look his name up in the courts. http://wcca.wicourts.gov/index.xsl He got charged with more stuff a couple days after this. My comments stand... as does the designation of moron.
john doe August 02, 2012 at 03:49 AM
He is 100% dumbass. I've known him for a while.
Traffic Mike September 10, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Yep I knew the kid too and I agree with Terry, it was just a matter of time until this lying, stealing, drug using, poor excuse of a human being ended up really messing up badly. It takes real talent to be given every opportunity to succeed and still end up like that. Way to go Mikey, now wake up.

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