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Remembering UW student who died in weekend car crash

Remembering UW student who died in weekend car crash


MADISON (WKOW) -- UW students and staff are mourning the loss of one of their own. 21-year-old Dylan Ellefson was hit by a car yesterday afternoon.

Police say it happened after he pulled over in the 1400 block of East Johnson Street, because of car trouble.

The Sun Prairie native would have graduated in 2012, with hopes to become a Spanish language teacher. But now, all his loved ones can do is hold on to his memory.

"Dylan was a purely good person and he was funny and he just radiated warmth," said Jamie Prinack, Dylan's former roommate.

Sitting inside the Madison apartment they all shared, Dylan's roommates still can't believe he's gone.

"He loved Madison. He loved hanging out with people at coffee shops on state street and he loved the spirit of Madison. It was very lively, and he was very lively," said Jamie.

"He was always trying to motivate people. That's why I feel he would've been a great teacher," said Melissa Janssen, Dylan's former roommate.

He was on his way to work at East Towne Mall when the crash happened Sunday.

"He's experiencing some type of car trouble so he actually stops in the right hand traffic lane. At this point, he gets out of his car. We have a 19-year-old woman in a minivan she says there was a car in front of her that does a quick lane change and then she's right on top of him and his car and doesn't have time to stop," said Joel DeSpain, Public Information Officer of the Madison Police Department.

"I'm glad no one was hurt, but at this point we're sad about the loss," said Jamie.

Now, Dylan's former roommates have started up a Facebook page, in his memory.

"Since we made it there have been 300 members and hundreds of messages from people leaving best wishes, I think its helping a lot of people cope," said Melissa.

Authorities say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is still investigating, and have not determined if there will be any citations or arrests made.

Dylan's roommates tell us they plan to have a memorial service on the UW campus sometime this week.

They already started a memorial page on Facebook. You can find the page when you search "RIP Dylan Ellefson"

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