Second Baraboo High School student dies due to injuries sustained in Sauk Co. crash

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Published: Oct. 29, 2021 at 6:05 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 31, 2021 at 3:14 PM CDT
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BARABOO, Wis. (WMTV) - A 17-year-old Baraboo High School student has succumbed to their injuries following a Friday morning crash in Sauk County that killed two other people, District Superintendent Dr. Rainey L. Briggs confirmed Sunday.

Two current students and one former student all died as a result of the crash.

All five occupants of the car, including a 17-year-old girl and 21-year-old man who survived, had to be extricated from the vehicle. The passengers who survived suffered injuries that were not believed to be life threatening.

“Our hearts are heavy with this devastating news, and we know the only way we will cope with this grief is to be together,” Briggs said.

Baraboo High School’s stadium was open Sunday afternoon from noon to 2 p.m. to all students and families to gather for support. Student Services Staff and members of the Baraboo faith community were also there to provide grief counseling.

“I lost a very close friend to me,” said Abby Kolk. “She’s my best friend since third grade.”

While officials have not confirmed the identities of anyone involved in the crash, friends identified one of the three victims as a Baraboo senior named Faith. They say she had dreams of traveling the world.

“We were going to purchase a van together in January and have it fixed up and then just stop through the states and see the world because we both really wanted to see something I guess,” said Marissa Madden, a friend of Faith’s.

Friends say Faith was dating the other current student who died in the crash, who they identify as Trey.

“Faith and him get their forever after,” said Brianna Jesse, a friend of the victims.

The Sauk County Department of Health and Human Services and the School District of Baraboo Student Services Staff will also provide grief counseling and other support services Monday.

“We are all human and we are impacted by many different things, and losing lives is one thing that really impacts teachers, it impacts our community,” said Briggs.

It is with deep sorrow I share with you that a car accident occurred this morning involving District students. We...

Posted by Baraboo School District on Friday, October 29, 2021

According to the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office, officers received reports of a single-vehicle crash around 10:40 a.m. Friday on County Road A, south of the intersection with Side Road in the Township of Fairfield.

Deputies report that a vehicle had driven off the roadway and struck a tree on the east side of the road, severely damaging the car.

Officials say the driver of the vehicle had died and four other people needed to be extricated from the vehicle. Once first responders extricated the passengers, a second occupant had died of their injuries and officials pronounced them dead at the scene.

A Med-Flight took a third occupant to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and two more occupants were taken to a hospital, as well.

Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister stated the vehicle was driving north on County Road A when the driver lost control. When they attempted to regain control, the vehicle spun into a ditch and struck a tree on the driver’s side.

The Sauk Co. Sheriff’s Office is still investigating this crash.

The Baraboo Fire Department, Baraboo EMS, Dells-Delton EMS, Reedsburg EMS, Wisconsin State Patrol, Baraboo Police Department, UW Med-Flight and Bill’s Towing all assisted with the crash.

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