17-year-old Franklin High School student killed in Muskego UTV crash
MUSKEGO, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Just days away from starting what could've been her last year of high school, a 17-year-old girl is now dead after a UTV accident Saturday night.
Muskego police responded to the crash off Union Church Drive where the teen died from a head injury.
The Franklin Public School District identified the teen only by her first name, Natalie, at Franklin High School. They want their students to know grief counseling is available to those who need it.
"About 7 p.m. Sunday night we had gotten a call of a UTV accident," said Lt. Andrew Kraus with the Muskego Police Department
Muskego police officers headed to the scene off Union Church Drive where they found the 17-year-old UTV passenger dead from head injuries on private property. Lt. Kraus says she was not wearing a helmet.
"People who are under 18 years old need to use a helmet, and UTVs are equipped with seatbelts, they need to be utilizing those seatbelts when operating," said Kraus.
At Franklin High School, administration is starting the grieving process.
"Our hearts go out to the families and all of our community who are impacted by this tragic event that has taken the life of one of our students. For the remainder of the week, our student services staff will be providing support to staff, students, and families at Franklin High School," said Superintendent Annalee Bennin in a statement.
School officials said starting Monday and continuing Tuesday, they're holding counseling services at the high school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and if anyone wants to hear about more options for counseling, to give them a call.
Meantime, Franklin Public Schools released the following statement:
“Our hearts go out to the families and all of our community who are impacted by this tragic event that has taken the life of one of our students. For the remainder of the week, our Student Services staff will be providing support to staff, students, and families at Franklin High School. We join our community in supporting the families during this difficult time and offer our deepest condolences.”