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18-year-old killed while filling car with gas was West Bend East student: “Everyone’s in shock”

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WEST BEND -- Washington County Sheriff's officials say an 18-year-old man was killed in a crash on Highway 45 in West Bend on Monday afternoon, February 15th. The victim has been identified as Ryan Yauck, a West Bend East High School student.

Ryan Yauck

Ryan Yauck

It happened on Highway 45 near Chestnut Street, near West Bend around 12:30 p.m.

Sheriff's officials say Yauck was pronounced dead at the scene.

The operator of a northbound vehicle believed to have struck Yauck, a 34-year-old Palmyra man, wasn't hurt.

An initial investigation has revealed Yauck was beside his vehicle, outside the lane of traffic, putting gas into his vehicle when he was struck by the northbound vehicle.

Officials say the northbound vehicle traveled over the fog line prior to striking the man.

Investigators are working to determine what caused the northbound vehicle to leave the roadway.

Alcohol and/or drugs are not believed to be factors in this incident.

Crash on Highway 45 near West Bend

Crash on Highway 45 near West Bend

Yauck's death is hitting his classmates at West Bend East High School hard.

"Everyone was close to him, and now that he's gone..." Jillian Jaycox said.

"He always brightened up everyone's day -- and it's just sad to see him go," Morgan Bould said.

"It was a tough, tough day (Monday) for staff, and (Tuesday) -- even tougher," Ted Neitzke, superintendent of West Bend Schools said.

Neitzke described Yauck as an intelligent student who took advanced placement classes, was fluent in French and had recently been accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Neitzke said counselors and school psychologists will be staffing an area at the high school's library for as long as necessary.

West Bend East High School

West Bend East High School

"Each hour of the day, it's open to service students and staff to make sure that their emotional needs are met, and that we can help children cope," Neitzke said.

"Everyone's still kind of in shock," Jaycox said.

The incident remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.



  • Ballack.

    To have traveled over the fog line means you were not paying attention to the road. You must have been on your damn phone.If not there’s no way you could have hit someone parked on the side of the road in broad daylight.

    • Max grainger

      Have some decency. This is someone’s son and loved one. Take your two cents somewhere else. I’m sure you would have a different opinions if it was your significant or child

  • Mya

    This is too sad R.I.P. to this young man, the driver had to be on his phone not paying attention…how can you not see someone putting gas in their car in broad daylight smh

  • Joe

    This gentleman made my coffee frequently at Starbucks and was a classy guy, always willing to chat. I could tell he was a valuable asset to the Starbucks store I attend and a genuine, down to earth, serve you with a smile kind of guy. So sorry this happened and R.I.P. my friend.

  • Emily Yauck

    No, were not atheist. I’m his younger sister, and we do not know how they go this picture. stick your rude comments somewhere else.

  • molon labe

    Just sayin’, I’d call them and have them take it down and put up a better one so it doesn’t look so scary and fiery. Sorry for your loss.

  • Really?

    Wow! Someone gets killed and all you can comment on is the leaves in the background of his Senior pic? Grow up!

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