They laughed at his death.
The two girls riding in a stolen Dodge Neon, part of a group of juveniles on a two-day crime spree, thought it was funny that they had hit a man riding his bike to work around 6:30 on a Monday morning.
That man was Ronald Forbes, a 57-year-old father of three who regularly biked to his job as a supervisor at Pieper Electric.
The criminal complaint against the 13-year-old alleged driver describes a series of car thefts, joy rides and robberies, a depraved crime spree that ended in the sixth death of a bicyclist in the state this year.
The girl is now in juvenile detention, charged with four felonies, including reckless homicide, hit-and-run causing death, and two counts of vehicle theft. She is scheduled to appear in Milwaukee County Children’s Court for a competency hearing on Sept. 7.
According to the complaint issued by prosecutors on Monday, she and nearly a dozen other youths stole at least five vehicles from north and south side neighborhoods over a 24-hour stretch, starting Aug. 5, the day before the fatal crash in the 6400 block of W. Hampton Ave.
The 13-year-old allegedly used a flat-head screwdriver and a hammer to steal the black Dodge Neon she allegedly raced into Forbes. She took the car from a neighbor, less than a block from her house.
In the moments before the crash, the 13-year-old and a passenger were racing at 60 to 80 mph eastbound on Hampton Ave., along with the rest of their gang, following in a stolen Chrysler mini van and Dodge Stratus. They were looking for another car to steal.
According to the complaint, the passenger told police she told the driver to “look out for the dude on the bike,” traveling in the parking lane, but the driver got a made look on her face and appeared to drive right toward the victim intentionally. There was no traffic or obstacles to force her into Forbes.
The girls ditched the Neon blocks away, on N. 64th St., and jumped into the mini van driven by their friends. Police found them the next morning, with yet another stolen car in the 4500 block of N. 39th St., where the alleged driver lived.