Counselors help students after 10-year-old killed by alleged drunken driver

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Michael Iverson

Counselors help students after 10-year-old killed by alleged drunken driver

A 21-year-old Monroe man faces homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle charges following a two-car crash that killed Michael Iverson, 10, of Stoughton, Monday afternoon, according to the Green County Sheriff’s Department.

Iverson was a student at Kegonsa Elementary School in Stoughton, The principal, Fred Trotter, told News 3 counselors and staff from other district buildings worked in teams in the classrooms Tuesday.

Danielle Reynolds, Michael’s aunt, said he loved to dance and sing and it was “simply impossible not to love him.”

“Right now, we are experiencing devastation and loss and heartbreak, more than anybody should have to go through. We just can’t wrap our minds around what happened,” said Reynolds. “We just hope as a family that justice is served when it comes to the other drive.”

The Iverson family was driving back to Stoughton after a volleyball tournament they went to in Monroe when the crash happened on Highway 59 west of Albany at about 5:40 p.m. Monday.

According to the sheriff’s department, Trevor McGuire, 21, was driving his pickup west on 59 when he crossed the center line and hit a minivan going eastbound.

Witnesses later told deputies the truck passed two different vehicles at a high rate of speed before the crash. The pickup slid out of control while negotiating a curve faster than then the curve could be negotiated, according to deputies. The truck then entered the other lane of traffic.

“They observed the pickup truck traveling from Albany toward Monroe, and observed that truck driving at a high rate of speed and passed two different vehicles,” said Lt. Paul Weichbrod with the Green County Sheriff’s Department. “They confirm the truck entered the curve too fast to negotiate the curve and slid out of control across the center line.”

The mini-van was driven by Matthew Iverson, 35, of Stoughton, and had three children inside, ages 7, 10, and 13. Iverson took evasive action but was struck despite driving onto the shoulder to avoid the collision.

“It’s one of those things where you have a tragic event under circumstances that we try very hard to prevent, and it’s upsetting to everyone,” Weichbrod said.

Micheal Iverson was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash, according to the sheriff’s department.

Matthew Iverson was taken by helicopter to UW Hospital in Madison with life-threatening injuries, according to the sheriff’s department. The other two children were taken by ambulance for minor injuries.

Family members told News 3 Matthew Iverson has been discharged from the hospital but will need a series of surgeries as a result of his injuries.

The sheriff’s department said an investigation showed that McGuire had been drinking alcohol before the crash, and his blood alcohol level was “well over” the legal limit.. A passenger in the truck said both of them had been drinking, according to deputies. Investigators said they found an opened container of alcohol in the truck.

McGuire was arrested after being released from the hospital and taken to jail. He will appear in Green County court Wednesday on charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle and reckless driving.

Everyone involved was wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, according to the sheriff’s department. This is the sixth fatal accident of the year in Green County.

Court records show that in January, then 20-year-old McGuire pleaded no contest to crossing the center line and violating the state’s absolute sobriety law by drinking and driving while under age. He paid a $380 fine.

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