La Follette student killed in weekend crash on Schroeder Road

MADISON, Wis. — A local high school student was killed in a crash over the weekend that also sent two people to the hospital with serious injuries.

Fourteen-year-old Jeremiah Broomfield, a freshman at La Follette High School, died of injuries he suffered in the crash, according to the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The two-vehicle crash happened just before 8 p.m. Saturday in the 6200 block of Schroeder Road.

According to the Madison Police Department, Broomfield, a 12-year-old boy, and an adult driver were taken to the hospital following the crash. Broomfield was pronounced dead at the hospital later that night. All three were in the same vehicle.

Police said the 12-year-old suffered serious injuries, including broken bones, and the driver suffered minor injuries.

Witnesses reportedly saw someone running from the other vehicle involved in the crash, police said. That person was later arrested but has not yet been charged in relation to the crash. Their name has not been released.

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In an interview with News 3 Now, Benjamin Blunt, Broomfield’s father, described him as a kind and loving young man and the kind of person who was a friend to anyone he was around.

“A young man, 14 years old with a sweet heart, kind, a happy person a very happy person. Somebody robbed him of his life at 14,” he said.

Blunt said his son was gone in an instant.

They were planning a family movie night on Saturday. Blunt’s cousin took Broomfield and his brother to grab snacks.

Minutes later, Blunt got a call from that cousin.

“(He) told me that they had been in a bad car accident, hurry up and get down there. But when I made it there I didn’t know in a million years it would be that bad. Never knew it would be that bad. Never knew it,” he recalled.

Blunt is doing his best to focus on supporting his younger son while at a loss for what he can’t do anymore.

“I can’t go to my son’s room and tell him to get up and get ready for school. I can’t tell him to come eat breakfast. I can’t tell him nothing because somebody took my son’s life,” he said.

Madison Metropolitan School District spokesperson Tim LeMonds said in a statement to News 3 Now on Tuesday that the district was working with Broomfield’s family to offer whatever support they can.

“This is truly heartbreaking news for the entire LaFollette community and all of us in MMSD,” Madison Metropolitan School District spokesperson Tim LeMonds told News 3 Now in a statement Tuesday. “While district and school staff continue to support the family directly, today, staff will provide students a comprehensive support plan to help them process this tragedy as they return from the holiday weekend.”

LeMonds said the district’s focus in the coming days “will be centered around supporting our students, staff and families.”

The crash was still under investigation by the Madison Police Department and the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office as of Tuesday morning.

“The Madison Police Department continues to investigate Saturday’s fatal crash,” MPD officials said in a statement Tuesday. “The loss of a child is heartbreaking. We’re thinking about the victim’s family, friends, and classmates forever impacted by Saturday’s crash.”

A GoFundMe has been set up for Broomfield’s family; to learn more, click here.