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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Two Badger High students killed in crash

By Chris Schultz/Janesville Gazette

Two 17-year-old Badger High School students are dead following a car-dump truck collision at Highway 120 and County Road H in Walworth County early Thursday.

Brent Michael Konecny of 722 Wisconsin St., Lake Geneva, was declared dead at the scene about 8 a.m. Thursday morning, said Walworth County Deputy Coroner Ron Wilson.

The driver of the car, Monica Murphy, also 17, of Lake Como, was critically injured and taken to Lakeland Medical Center, Elkhorn. She was then transferred to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Wauwatosa.

She died 2:21 a.m. Friday, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's office.

Konecny was a sophomore at Badger. Murphy was a junior.

Murphy was driving and Konecny was in the front passenger seat of a Pontiac Grand Prix, when the car made a left turn from northbound Highway 120 to westbound H directly into the path of dump truck owned by DLM Transportation of Lake Geneva.

Steve Cole, town of Bloomfield police chief, said the accident occured at 7:08 a.m., where 120 and H meet, creating a kind of "X" intersection just southeast of Big Foot Beach State Park. The intersection, which is controlled by traffic signals, is in the town of Bloomfield.

Cole said the car with Murphy and Konecny were northbound on 120 and turning on H to head northwest to Badger High School.

The dump truck was heading south on 120.

Cole said the two collided in the intersection about the time the traffic signal for 120 traffic had turned yellow.

The driver of the truck, Andrew J. Davis, 31, of Walworth, was not injured.

The two students were "just good solid kids. Good students," said Jim Gottinger, Badger High School District superintendent.

Gottinger said the school has a crisis plan in place and counselors will be available to talk to students about the tragedy.

Gottinger said the tragedy was still to recent for anyone at the school to comment further.

Cole said the Bloomfield police were assisted by the Lake Geneva police, the Walworth County Sheriff's Department and the Wisconsin State Highway Patrol. The highway patrol is investigating the accident.

No citations have been issued at this time, Cole said.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a tragedy, just a day after Badger High had it's mock crash, the real thing happens. I'm not sure of all the particulars of this accident but what I am sure of, is this intersection is a dangerous one. The lights change very very fast and the curve there is very deceiving as to what traffic light you are viewing. I myself have almost gone through a red light thinking it was green on my side. Maybe it's time to look into this intersection before any more precious life's are lost!

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monica and Brent were amazing friends, children and students. This accident will affect all of us and they will forever be remembered. Our prayers are with them and the families.
As far as the accident itself. This is a horrible intersection. There have been numerous close calls because you really don't know what light to follow until you are right upon it. Then you either get lucky with a green light, or you have to slam on your brakes. Something must be done to prevent this from happening again.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to the families of these kids. I am so sorry. A - I love you and you're in my thoughts always! Love from Batavia and Wheaton Illinois.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monica was not only my daughters best friend, but I had come to feel was my friend as well. She has always been welcome at our home. She has been a pleasant addition to our holiday events. My wife and daughter stayed with her until her heart stopped last night. This day has been alternately filled with mourning and disbelief that Monica has been taken from us. We are all better people for having known her. She will be deeply missed.

11:53 AM  
Anonymous jessica matter said...

this is jessica matter i am from delavan darien high and Monica was extremely nice to me it is a big tragedy that this happend to her i miss her so much already it is very sad this happend.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monica is my baby cousin, and always will be.
I still can't believe that this happened it all just doesn't feel real yet.
Thank you for everyones support it's much appreciated by our family.
Love, Kristin.

10:38 PM  
Blogger Princessa said...

Hey this Is Jessica Garnica and for as long as i knew her she was a great gurl and me and my friend Nancy are extremely Sad we just cant believe it but i guess thats how life is i just want her to know she will always be remebered!

we love ya monica R.I.P.
and Brent smae to you!!!

12:48 PM  
Blogger davidandjudy said...

Our Hearts & prayers go out to Monica's famiy.We were at the Hospital,and felt the pain expierienced by the family,especially by Dex Tysver.

He lost not only Monica,but a step-sister as well...

Sincerly,David & Judy Digney

11:33 PM  
Anonymous Peter Trihas said...

I didnt know Monica that well but I had the pleasure of working with her at my uncles restauraunt and I can say that this is a terrible tragedy and in writing this it brings tears to my eyes. My prayers go out to her tonight as well as Brent You will always be missed.

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im just a girl from delavan ~ we too are now dealing with the tragedy of a horrible car accident that took a young ones life RIP COURTNEY HAMILTON ~ i that may not have known monica nor brent but when something like happens in a small town area like we're in it sorta hits us all. NO FAMILY SHOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS my love and prayers go out to the friends and family. I love you all! also just remember all the good times you all has with them and smile, i bet they would want you to be happy. I'm sure both of tehm are in a better plkace living it up as if they were still here.

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a girl for Hebron, IL and I go past the crash site almost everyday. Each day I see people by the remembrance site. It’s so sad to see students having to go see there friend at a grave. The only thing I know about those kids were that they were young and had there whole life ahead of them. I didnt know them personally. My heart goes out to the family of kids that died. I truly hope that they are able to cope with their loss. No parent should have to go visit there child at a grave. I'll keep you in my prayers. Sorry for your losses.

11:07 AM  
Blogger *jo said...

I am a girl for Hebron, IL and I go past the crash site almost everyday. Each day I see people by the remembrance site. It’s so sad to see students having to go see there friend at a grave. The only thing I know about those kids were that they were young and had there whole life ahead of them. I didnt' know them personally, but my heart goes out to the family of kids that died. i truly hope that they are able to cope with their loss. No parent should have to go visit there child at a grave. The two students that lost their lives will be missed horribly. I'll keep you in my prayers. Sorry for your losses.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew the girl killed in that accident... MOnica was one of my best friends... I miss her every day and I will never forgive the driver who took her life sso suddenly.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is Cheri... Monica was one of my best friends, it is so sad that this happened, I am still in complete shock over it... every time i see the dump truck that is the same as the one that killed her... I well up with anger and sorrow... I will never forgive the man who killed her, and I don't think I will ever fully recover from the grief i have felt since her death. Monica will never be forgotten.

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too, think this is a misleading & confusing intersection. When travelling S on 120 & making a left (NW) turn onto H , several times I have ended up in the oncoming traffic, left turn lane. There are so many lanes & none say "do not enter". Clearly this new intersection needs some revamping. I'm sorry people must die before statics prove how dangerous an intersection is.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Nichols said...

My thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of all involved...from a former teacher in Lake Geneva.

2:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I,m the family of the dump truck driver and we are very upset about this wreck but to read of the hate of my brother gets us upset. If you only walked a min in his shoes you would see he is very upset over the wreck so please think of peoples feelings before you say hateful thinks

god bless

4:13 PM  
Blogger lynn said...

I'm the mother of Brent I feel that it is both Monica and the dump truck driver's fault why my son is dead. Brent di nothing wrong that day he is not blame for any of this. Monica and the dump truck driver should of been paying more closer attion to the lights. I also feel that the state needs do something about that intersection before some one losses a child

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excuse me Lynn.
First off let me say that I am sorry about the loss of your son.

I never knew Brent, but I did know Monica, in fact, she and I were best friends ever since childhood.

I tink it's unfair to point the blame at anyone.
And now, don't get me wrong, I agree that people do need to pay more attention while driving, but just pointing the finger isn't going to do anything.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This whole thing was a big tragic to all. I never knew Brent or Monica, but i know they were well loved. I think i've seen them a couple times, and its just sad to know how close they got to coming to school and didn't make it. Every day i pass there to the school, and i pray for the family's and the driver the whole time. Nobody should blame others for this, it was just a big accident.

9:36 AM  
Blogger lynn said...

when you lose a kid like i did then come and talk to me,do not sit there and tell me how i should feel. i will blame whomever i want for the death of my only son.

2:22 PM  

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