Wisconsin high school mourning death of sophomore

10:39 AM, Oct 26, 2006   |    comments
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Most parents worry about their teens driving on Friday and Saturday nights, but new research by AAA, finds there is another time everyone needs to be more aware of, it's weekdays after school. The information comes as high school students in Wisconsin mourn the death of fellow classmate after a Tuesday night car accident. "It's a fairly straight area, I mean there are a few hills in the area," said St. Croix County Sheriff Dennis Hillstead. Pink flags mark the trail of one car accident that killed 15-year-old Amy Rademaker, a sophomore at Baldwin-Woodville High School. She was the front-seat passenger in a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by a 17-year old of Spring Valley. Another passenger in the car, an 18 year old from Albert Lea, Minnesota was also injured. The two injured teens are listed in critical condition at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. "That's certainly very difficult, very tough for students," said Rusty Helland, Superintendent of the district. There are only 1,500 students in the district so news of a student's death travels fast and hurts most, "In a tragic accident such as this we certainly have to have the resources available and follow your crisis plan." The small communities tragedy comes as new information from the AAA is released that indicates the peek hours for accidents involving teen drivers is between 3 and 5 p.m. "In this particular case, I can't say what lead to it," said Sheriff Dennis Hillstead. And the smashed up car that the three girls were traveling in is still being looked over. A door had to be removed to get one of the girls out. None of the victims were wearing a seatbelt. "It just seems a trend, and always has been, that young people don't like to have that seatbelt on, whether it's a revolt against establishment or whatever it might be, it really is one of the things that results in a lot of serious injuries to young people." Sheriff Hillstead knows the teen that died, but he doesn't know the exact cause of the accident. At Balwin-Woodville High on Wednesday, counselors and pastors were on hand to help students cope with the death of a classmate. "You give them the facts and the fact is we lost one of our sophomore gals," said Helland. By Rondah Kindhlow, KARE 11 News

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