STOUGHTON (WKOW) -- Authorities say a suspected drunken driver's high speed, erratic path on a highway in Green County led to a collision with a van returning from a middle school volleyball game, killing a ten year old boy.
Family and friends of victim Michael Iverson of Stoughton mourned his death, and the principal at the boy's school, Kegonsa Elementary, says counseling and support were available to the child's classmates. Iverson's aunt, Danielle Iverson, says the popular boy loved music, dancing, and was a joy for family and friends.
Green County Sheriff's Lieutenant Paul Weichbrod says 21-year old Trevor McGuire drove the pick-up truck that hit the van driven by Michael Iverson's father, Matthew Iverson. Friends say Iverson family members attended Michael's sister's late afternoon volleyball game in Monroe Monday and were returning to Stoughton.
Weichbrod says two drivers were passed at high speed by McGuire before the crash. Weichbrod says McGuire's truck crossed over Highway-59's center line in Albany and hit Iverson's van broadside.
"He operated as far to the right as he possibly could to avoid the impact. I don't think there's anything else he could have done."
Authorities say Matthew Iverson was hospitalized with serious injuries, and while stable, faces several surgeries. No one else in the van or truck were seriously hurt.
Weichbrod says McGuire and a friend had been working on moving McGuire's belongings out of a Monroe residence, and had been drinking during the moving, before McGuire got behind the wheel of the truck. Weichbrod says a preliminary breathalyzer test of McGuire showed a result significantly in excess of Wisconsin's blood alcohol driving limit of .08, but declined to release the specific level.
"We just can't wrap our minds around what happened," says the ten year old victim's aunt, Danielle Reynolds. "We just hope as a family justice is served when it comes to the other driver."
Court records show McGuire was cited for first offense drunk driving and operating left of the center line in January. But records show the operating while intoxicated charge was amended to the less serious, violating the absolute sobriety law. McGuire was 20 at the time the citations were issued. McGuire's driver's license was revoked for ninety days, but a law enforcement official tells 27 News McGuire's license would still be invalid, if he had been prosecuted and convicted of the first offense OWI charge, because McGuire also refused to take a required chemical test. The official say the lack of a blood alcohol test result would have been one factor, among several, impacting any possible OWI conviction.
Green County District Attorney Gary Luhman says McGuire will face a homicide by operating while intoxicated charge, a charge of causing great bodily harm, and possibly other charges. A court hearing in McGuire's case is expected Tuesday.
STOUGHTON (WKOW) -- Stoughton's school superintendent has sent out a note to all parents regarding two student deaths Monday, including a 10-year-old boy killed by a drunk driver.
Here is the e-mail that went to all parents in the Stoughton School District:
Dear Stoughton Area School District Families,
The Stoughton Area School District is saddened by the loss of two students yesterday. Our hearts go out to these families. District staff continue to support students, families and staff during this difficult time. Our district counselors and psychologists are in place in all buildings to help with communication and to assist all students and staff. Please feel free to call your school office with any questions or concerns.
Dr. Tim Onsager
STOUGHTON (WKOW) -- The Stoughton community is mourning the loss of a young life after learning a 5th grader was killed by what police say was a drunk driver.
Michael T. Iverson, 10, was a student at Kegonsa Elementary School in Stoughton. Superintendent Dr. Tim Onsager says Michael was involved in safety patrol at school.
Michael's sister, 13, and his brother, 7, are both students in the Stoughton district, according to Dr. Onsager. They were also in the car, along with their father, Matthew Iverson, when Green County Sheriff's detectives say a pick-up truck hit their mini-van Monday evening. Michael was killed and his father is suffering life-threatening injuries. Michael's brother and sister had minor injuries.
Dr. Onsager says staff and counselors at Kegonsa Elementary are helping children deal with the loss. He says the Iverson family is known to many people in the tight-knit community.
GREEN COUNTY (WKOW) -- The Green County Sheriff's Department has identified the young boy killed in a crash Monday evening.
Lt. Rodney Hicks says he was Michael T. Iverson, 10. His father, Matthew Iverson, 35, of Stoughton was driving a minivan that was side-swiped by a pick-up truck. Investigators say the driver of the pick-up truck, Trevor McGuire, 21, of Monroe, had been drinking before the crash.
Lt. Hicks says two other children in the mini-van with Iverson were also his children. They had minor injuries and were listed as 7 and 13 years old.
GREEN COUNTY (WKOW) -- Police say the drivers involved in a drunk driving crash that killed a 10-year-old child were driving at upwards of 50 miles per hour.
"When vehicles hit at a closing speed of about 50 mph each, it's going to sustain severe damage," Sergeant Robert Werren, of the Green County Sheriff's Department, said.
A pick-up truck and mini-van were driving in opposite directions on STH 59 in the town of Albany at about 5:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. When they reached a curve near Broughton Rd., the pick-up truck driver lost control and side-swiped the mini-van on the driver's side.
Werren says authorities had to pry open the doors of a mini-van in order to get to Matthew Iverson, 35, of Stoughton, and three children, ages 7, 10, and 13, who were inside.
Authorities pronounced the 10-year-old child dead at the scene, and transported Iverson via helicopter to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and the two surviving children via ambulance to the hospital with minor injuries.
"It's a tragedy," Werren said. "People have to learn that if they consume alcoholic beverages or any drug, they shouldn't operate a motor vehicle. Putting not only their lives in danger but this private citizen's...and this caused this young man his life."
Police have the pick-up truck driver, Trevor McGuire, 21, of Monroe, in custody. They've charged him with reckless driving and intoxicated use of a vehicle.
"[McGuire] is facing some serious charges, potentially going to prison," Werren said. "It depends on what his blood alcohol level comes back as and what the Green County District Attorney will charge him with and what the penalty will be."
Werren says McGuire is in Green County jail, and will most likely have his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon or sometime Wednesday.
This is McGuire's first OWI offense; however, he has five prior traffic violations on his record, including driving with a suspended license and driving on the wrong side of a highway, according to Werren.
GREEN COUNTY (WKOW) –A Monroe man has been arrested in a drunk driving accident that killed a 10-year-old child Monday night.
The Green County Sheriff's Department responded to the crash on STH 59 at Broughton Road around 5:41 p.m.
Authorities say a pick-up truck, driven by 21-year-old Trevor J. McGuire of Monroe, crossed the centerline and hit a mini-van with three children inside, ages 7, 10 and 13. Authorities say speed, reckless driving and alcohol all appear to be factors in the crash.
Officials say the 10-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the accident. The 7 and 13-year-old passengers were taken by ambulance to the hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the mini-van, 35-year-old Matthew I. Iverson of Stoughton, was taken by helicopter to UW Hospital for life-threatening injuries.
McGuire suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital via ambulance. McGuire had one adult passenger in the vehicle that suffered minor injuries and refused treatment.
Authorities say all persons involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts.
With further investigation, authorities say Trevor McGuire had been consuming alcohol prior to the crash. After McGuire was released from the hospital, he was arrested and taken to jail where he has been charged with reckless driving and homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
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