James Nowak Car Accident Details

On December 3, Milwaukee Police Department officer James “Jimmy” Nowak faced a life-altering event when his car collided with a semi-truck in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The 30-year-old officer was driving alone when the collision occurred near Pennsylvania and Poplar avenues. The Oak Creek Police Department responded promptly to the scene, reporting the incident at 10:31 p.m.

Critical Injuries and Hospitalization

Emergency responders extricated Nowak from his vehicle and swiftly transported him to Froedtert Hospital. As of the latest update at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, he stays in the intensive care unit, confronting injuries that, tragically, medical experts deem unsurvivable.

Peter Jerving, left, and his MPD partner James Nowak, right.
Peter Jerving, left, and his MPD partner James Nowak, right.

The Oak Creek police have initiated an active investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash. Details emerging from the ongoing inquiry suggest that both vehicles were traveling southbound on Pennsylvania when the semi attempted a U-turn. Nowak was the sole occupant of his vehicle during the collision. Remarkably, the driver and passenger of the semi-truck emerged unscathed, according to the Oak Creek Police Department.

Timeline

DateEvents
December 3Officer James Nowak’s car collides with a semi-truck near Pennsylvania and Poplar avenues in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
Oak Creek Police Department responds to the scene at 10:31 p.m., initiating the investigation into the crash.
December 3 – ongoingNowak is extricated from his vehicle and transported to Froedtert Hospital.
Nowak remains in the intensive care unit with injuries deemed unsurvivable.
Investigation reveals that both vehicles were traveling southbound on Pennsylvania when the semi attempted a U-turn.
Nowak was the sole occupant of his vehicle, while the semi-truck driver and passenger emerge unscathed.
Nowak and Jerving had served together for four years in the Milwaukee Police Department.
2018 – 2019Police District 4 experiences the loss of Officer Charles Irvine Jr. in an on-duty crash in 2018 and Officer Kou Her in an off-duty crash in 2019.
GoFundMe InitiatedA GoFundMe campaign is launched to support Officer Nowak’s family, emphasizing his nearly decade-long service in the Milwaukee Police Department.
Memorial at Crash SiteA poignant memorial with a cross, flag, and flowers emerges near the crash scene, symbolizing the collective grief of the community.
Ongoing InvestigationThe Oak Creek police continue their investigation into the crash details.

Partnering

James Nowak’s connection to tragedy deepens as he was the former partner of fallen Officer Peter Jerving. Jerving lost his life in the line of duty in February of the same year, leaving a profound impact on Nowak and the Milwaukee Police Department.

The former partners, Nowak and Jerving, had served together in the Milwaukee Police Department for four years. Nowak’s current predicament adds to the recent hardships faced by the men and women of Police District 4, which has experienced the loss of officers in both on-duty and off-duty accidents.

District 4 had previously mourned the loss of Officer Charles Irvine Jr. in an on-duty crash in 2018 and Officer Kou Her in an off-duty crash in 2019, creating an atmosphere of grief and resilience within the police force.

A Heart-Wrenching GoFundMe

In this challenging time, we have initiated a GoFundMe campaign to support Officer Nowak’s family. The fundraising effort aims to aid Nowak’s wife, Julia, and his family. The campaign emphasizes Nowak’s dedicated service of nearly a decade in the Milwaukee Police Department.

(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Nowak follows his current situation with the death of his former partner, Officer Peter Jerving, who was shot and killed earlier in the year while attempting to apprehend an armed robbery suspect. The impending loss of another partner now compounds the pain of losing one.

A Memorial at the Crash Site

A poignant memorial, adorned with a cross, flag, and flowers, has emerged near the crash scene, reflecting the collective grief of a community that has witnessed too many losses.

As the Oak Creek police continue their investigation into the details of the crash, the Milwaukee Police Department faces yet another chapter of sorrow and uncertainty. The weight of tragedy hangs heavy, leaving the community to grapple with the harsh realities of the risks faced by those who dedicate their lives to public service.

FAQs:

Q: What were the circumstances of the car accident?

A: The accident occurred when Officer James Nowak’s car collided with a semi-truck near Pennsylvania and Poplar avenues in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

Q: How is Officer Nowak currently doing?

A: As of the latest update, Officer Nowak remains in the intensive care unit at Froedtert Hospital, and unfortunately, there are no expectations for his survival.

Q: Were there any other individuals involved in the car with Officer Nowak?

A: No, Officer Nowak was the sole occupant of the vehicle during the collision.

Q: How can the community support Officer Nowak’s family?

A: Supporters have established a GoFundMe campaign to assist Officer Nowak’s wife, Julia, and his family. Contributors can make donations through the campaign page.

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