“I wanted it to be fake:” Two Kewaskum High School students killed after striking deputy head-on

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KEWASKUM (WITI) -- Two Kewaskum High School students are dead -- after their vehicle slammed into a Washington County Sheriff's deputy on Wednesday morning, June 18th.

It happened at 8:39 a.m. on County Highway H in Washington County.

Officials say wet roads may have been a factor in this crash. It happened right in the midst of Wednesday morning's storms.

"There was water standing on the roads even on our response out there," Kewaskum Fire Chief Mark Groeschel said.

The Kewaskum High School students were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Washington County Sheriff's deputy was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. That deputy was treated and released.

The State Patrol says the vehicle the Kewaskum High School students were traveling in went over the yellow line and hit the deputy.

Friends of the victims in this case say the two were best friends -- and were apparently on their way to run errands.

A FOX6 News crew on scene has seen friends showing up to pay their respects.

They say they are heartbroken by what has happened.

"I don't know what I'm feeling right now. I just wanted to see it to make it more real, because...I don't know. I wanted it to be fake," a friend of the victims told FOX6 News.

The Fire Department says both of the Kewaskum High School students killed in the crash were wearing their seatbelts.

The Wisconsin State Patrol’s Technical Reconstruction Unit is reconstructing the crash in an effort to determine what happened.

Kewaskum Fire Chief Mark Groeschel was one of the first to arrive at the scene. He says the deputy who was struck is the son of a retired Kewaskum firefighter.

"Most of us here at the station know the deputy. Hits a little bit harder when you know someone," Chief Groeschel said.

The names of the individuals involved are being withheld pending notification of family members.

FOX6 News is told one of the students would have been a junior next year, and one a senior.

Counselors will be made available for students and community members at the Kewaskum High School cafeteria on Thursday, June 19th from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and again on Friday, June 20th.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.


  • scott

    Did they really cross over the center line or did the deputy just say that because anybody that would say different is dead. I recall another story where the deputy had a crash and had the other driver arrested for OWI even though she was sober and it turned out to be his fault.

    • Tom

      That’s just a stupid comment about a tragic event. The State Patrol reconstruction unit will find the cause based on the evidence left on the roadway and the cars “black box”. Wait until that is complete before playing armchair quarterback

    • Faithy

      I drive this road to and from work 4x every day (I work a split shift as a caregiver). And considering the way this road is curved, and the slope of the hill, as well as the direction the kids were heading, I can vouch for the fact that it’s easy enough to accidentally go over that yellow line on a day with good, clear weather. If they were going even just a little too fast in the downpour we had this morning and hydroplaned, it definitely could’ve made all the difference. I can understand a lack of faith in authorities at time, but I have no doubts that this is what really happened in this case, because I’m so familiar with that area.

  • Liin Ash

    Another pic shows the car was clearly t-boned, almost cut in half. (How is that head on?) How can the victims be at fault?

    • Ann

      Again, people need to pay attention to the article. The car rolled….could that have caused more damage than just front end? Really? Always the fault of the police, never any one else making a mistake?

  • Ash

    Check the Wisn.com site. The Sheriff’s car has the front end damaged, but the teens car was almost split in two from the side. Something about this doesn’t make sense.

  • Annie

    On a wet road, on a curve, a car can hydroplane and either miss the curve or slide into the curve. This is how one car will cross the line and another hit it in the side. I was in a car that missed a curve, slid across the center line, ended up diagonally going into the side of the hill on the inside of the curve before the back end swung around and nearly sent us into the bog on the other side. The driver had pulled the emergency brake because we came around the curve and there was a deer right in the middle of the road. This was down in the coulees in Buffalo County, where there’s not much room for anything else. Fortunately, no one was coming the other way, so once we gathered our thoughts, we were on our way again.

  • Heywood

    Of course, the State patrol is ‘never’ at fault for anything, just ask them. I would hope that the investigation will go to another department and not be handled directly by the state patrol!

    • Matthew

      Read the article… It was a County squad that was involved in the crash and the State Patrol was called in to investigate.

    • Ann

      Did you read the article clearly? The State Patrol is investigating the accident, the Washington County Deputy was involved in the accident. Get your facts right before you put your 2 cents in.

  • Ro

    My prayers and condolences to the families! Our community has lost two youths, long before their time!

  • Conner E.

    Think about how the family’s feel right now and how your comments would affect them before you post them. If you post anything it should be something sorrowful or happy not something that is blaming someone else. YOU don’t know the real story, the only ones that do are Travis, Brent and the deputy. So quit finding someone to blame. Stay in there KHS!

  • Chris

    My deepest sympathy and prayers for the families. I was driving on H about 5 minutes before this terrible accident happened. (I drive H every day for work. The deputy’s car was parked near 45 when I drove by, and he usually patrols H at about 8:30am.) The wind and rain made driving conditions difficult that day. The hill and then the curves are treacherous in bad weather.

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