Tears and hugs were in no short supply Thursday evening as not only a family, but a community grieved the loss of a 12-year-old girl.
Deserae Landowski died after a tragic S.U.V. roll-over crash in the Town of Easton on Friday. Her visitation and funeral service were held on Thursday.
"Deserae, she was just so full of positive energy," her uncle, Ashley Salzwedel said.
Landowski was one of ten teens in that crash on August 8th. She was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.
"When I first heard the news my first thought is she's going to be okay," Salzwedel said. "It was approximately 6 hours before we were able to go back and see her and those 6 hours seemed like days. I just wanted to go in there and see how she was doing and give her a hug and kiss and hopefully she..." he paused.
"She'd be okay," added in his girlfriend Debby Denhardt.
"She would respond back and say 'hi Uncle,'" he finished.
Unfortunately, she died the next day of her injuries.
See the rest of her story at this link.
A 16-year-old girl investigators say was driving when an SUV rolled-over several times August 8 killing two passengers has now been charged, however, the charges are not being made public because the defendant is not being charged as an adult.
Authorities says the driver, did not have a license.
The crash happened on Highway 52 between Mill Road and Rocky Road northeast of Wausau in the Town of Easton. That portion of Highway 52 was closed for nearly five hours. Investigators say the SUV was carrying 10 people, all under the age of 18. The two victims were identified as Reighlee Stevenson, 12, of Oshkosh, and Deserae Landowski, 12, of Wausau.
Stevenson died at the scene, nine others were transported for their injuries. Landowski died the day after the crash at a Marshfield hospital. A third passenger remains in the hospital.
It's the second time the teen has appeared in court this week. During Monday's hearing a judge ruled the teen could be released to her family, but would need electronic supervision and adult supervision. Previously, the girl had been held in a juvenile facility.
Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom has been assigned to preside over the case in future proceedings.
Because of the girl's age her identify is not being released.
Counseling services will be available to students of Horace Mann Middle School.
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