Baraboo School District names students killed in crash, shares messages from families
BARABOO, Wis. — The Baraboo School District is naming the high school students who were killed in a crash late last week, while also sharing messages from their families.
The district says 17-year-old Adlai Estes and 17-year-old Faith Woods were the two teenagers who died following the crash on Highway A in the Town of Fairfield last Friday. Another 17-year-old girl in the car was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
“The family of Adlai Estes would like to thank the community for all the loving support,” the family said in a statement provided by the school district. “Adlai was very special to us all. We want to thank the Baraboo School District for all they did and (are) doing. Also very thankful for all the continued prayers and support from each one of you. God Bless us all.”
Woods’ family says they are currently grieving their loss and will share details of services in the near future.
“Thank you for the ongoing support from the schools, friends, family, and community,” the Woods family said in a statement provided by the school district.
Both Estes and Woods were seniors at Baraboo High School.
The Baraboo School District is continuing to offer counselors, mental health experts and community faith leaders to students.
“Our hearts are heavy with the recent loss to our Thunderbird community,” the district said in its statement posted on Facebook. “The Baraboo School District family will continue to draw strength from each other during this difficult time. We choose always to remember the positive impact these students had on their families, friends and this community.”
Sauk County authorities say their initial investigation shows five people were in a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt being driven by 20-year-old Atreyu Ortiz of rural Baraboo when Ortiz lost control of the car, which rolled in the ditch before hitting a tree. Ortiz was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office determined speed and the way Ortiz was driving were the cause of the crash, but they are continuing to investigate other contributing factors.
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