Homecoming a chance for community support following fatal crash

MIDDLETON, Wis. — Middleton High School will be moving ahead with its homecoming plans following a tragic crash that killed three teenagers over the weekend, including two students at Middleton High.

District officials say the Spirit Night activities, football game and homecoming dance will all go on as planned as an opportunity for the entire school to support each other as a community.

With the approval of families, the district also released photos of John “Jack” Miller and Evan Kratochwill, who died in the crash Saturday night. The third teen who died, Simon Bilessi, went to Madison West High School.

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Middleton officials say Miller was involved with the student council, was the goalkeeper on the Middleton High soccer team, and also played club hockey. Kratochwill was a member of the Middleton High cross country team.

Officials with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said the three teenagers were killed when another vehicle rear-ended their vehicle, causing it to catch fire before coming to a stop in a field near West Mineral Point Road.

The Sheriff’s Office says charges are pending against the driver of the other vehicle, but have not released that person’s name. Authorities continue to investigate the crash.