EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – A 14-year-old Eau Claire Memorial High School freshman was killed after a weekend car crash. First News at Nine’s Jonathan Fortier breaks down what police know and still have to learn about what happened last Friday night.
“It’s just absolutely a devastating blow, a tragic loss of a 14-year-old girl,” said Derek Thomas, Eau Claire Police Department Deputy Chief.
Brooke Kelly was part of the 2024 class at Memorial High School, and on Friday night, her life was cut short after a car crash.
Thomas said, “There were 4 people inside the vehicle, all 4 of them were injured.”
Deputy Chief Derek Thomas says around 10:30 Friday night, a car driven by a 16-year-old crashed and rolled on meadow lane just south of gold road and Rudolph.
“The 16-year old male driver of the vehicle, he was ejected as well as Brooke Kelly was ejected from the vehicle,” said Thomas.
The driver is still in the hospital with severe injuries. Two other passengers, 15-year-old girls were also taken to the hospital. There still much to be learned about what led to this crash.
“We do know they were traveling eastbound on meadow lane; we don’t know how fast they were going. As of right now that’s still under investigation, the conditions of the driver is still under investigation,” said Thomas.
Thomas says state patrol is currently doing crash reconstruction which will take about two weeks.
“We’re still really preliminary in our investigation, we still have to talk to all the passengers,” said Thomas.
In a statement sent to parents from Memorial High School Principal Dave Oldenberg, he says “This is an incredibly difficult time for any school, but we need to take care of each other as a school community. The Kelly family express their gratitude for all your support, thoughts, and prayers.”
In Eau Claire, Jonathan Fortier, First News at Nine.
Oldenberg says extra counselors are on hand at Memorial High School for students, their families, and staff who may need help dealing with the loss of Brooke Kelly.