Crowd Beats Hit-and-Run Driver, Passenger

A large crowd pulled two men from a car and beat them after the driver struck three children and tried to flee, Milwaukee County sheriff's (search) officials said.

Two of the children remained hospitalized Sunday, but officials would not release details on their conditions.

The car hit two 14-year-olds late Friday as they crossed a street on the city's north side, and the driver made a U-turn and hit a 12-year-old boy, the sheriff's department said.

A large crowd surrounded the car, pulled out the driver and a 29-year-old passenger and beat them, the sheriff's department said. There were others in the car, but sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Brooks said Saturday she did not know how many.

The men were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and charges were pending, Brooks said Saturday. No one in the crowd had been arrested.

Brooks said Sunday she likely would not release any more details.

She said the 14-year-olds remained at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital (search), but the hospital said it would not give out any information on minors. The 12-year-old was treated and released.

Corene Herbert, 31, said she had seen the car swerve and drive the wrong way down one-way streets about an hour and a half before the teens were hit.

"I just think the driver was doing that intentionally, at the rate he was speeding," Herbert said.