District: 2 students killed in crash went to Middleton High School, 1 was former student

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MIDDLETON, Wis. — Two of the people who died in a crash in Middleton Saturday night were Middleton High School students, an email sent by the district to parents confirms.

The third person who died was a former Middleton student, but the email did not specify where that student had most recently attended.

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The school says it plans to make arrangements for students to grieve.

“Our hearts are heavy with this devastating news,” said the email, which was sent by Middleton High School Principal Peg Shoemaker. “We know the only way we will cope with this grief is to be together.”

Student services staff are available to students to provide grief counseling to any who need support, the district said.

The district, like the Medical Examiner, has not yet identified the students who were killed.

The email sent to parents also noted that Homecoming activities are set to begin Monday, but leaders said staff will meet with students Sunday night to discuss what it should look like under the circumstances.

“This is incredibly difficult news for all of us at MHS and our entire high school team is here to support all students,” the email said. “Our deepest condolences are extended to all who have been impacted by these students’ untimely passing.”

Speaking with News 3 Now on Sunday afternoon, Sgt. John Matz with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said it was too soon to say if the person who hit the three high school students will face charges. Matz also said it was too early to say if alcohol or speed was a factor.

“It’s a horribly tragic situation,” Matz said. “I hope for peace for people, family and friends because it’s incredibly sad all the way around.”

West Mineral Point Road was closed for nearly seven hours after the crash.