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UPDATE: Tribute game held in Middleton for Bram & Shari Dorresteijn

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email
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UPDATED Tuesday, April 29, 2014 -- 10:20 p.m.

Family, friends and soccer enthusiasts met up at the KEVA Sports Center in Middleton for a tribute game in honor of Bram & Shari Dorresteijn Tuesday evening.

Attendees said that Bram was a very good soccer player and an avid supporter of the Dutch national soccer team.

The Dutch team's color is orange, which is why many of those who came out threw on orange jerseys.

Bram's younger sister, Tessa Dorresteijn, took the opportunity to remind people of the fund set up in support of the two children Bram and Shari leave behind.

"We had an overwhelming support by people who have donated to a fund that's been set up for Wesley and Charlotte, so please if you have an inclination... in honor of Bram and Shari, we'd appreciate any support," Tessa said.

Wesley, 2, and Charlotte, 2 months, are the names of Bram & Shari's children.

They are being adopted by Shari's sister and her husband, who live in Brookfield near Milwaukee.

So far the family has raised over $100,000.

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UPDATED Monday, April 28, 2014 --- 9:30 p.m.

Family, friends and community members have raised nearly $30,000 so far for two Sun Prairie children, after their parents were killed as a result of a car crash last Thursday in Kenosha Co.

Bram Dorresteijn, 35, died from his injuries Sunday night. His wife, 33-year-old Shari Dorresteijn died instantly in the crash.

Investigators believe Bram, who was behind the wheel, didn't realize traffic was slowing and merging in a construction zone when he crashed into the back of a semi truck.

If there is any positive news in all of this, it's that Bram and Shari's kids will be well-looked after.

Little Wesley is only a toddler but his uncle says he's already starting to resemble his dad in more than just good looks.

"Wesley's just an amazing, happy, full of energy two-year-old. And that's how Bram was," said Bram's brother Paul Dorresteijn.

And also like his dad, Wesley is a big brother. Sister Charlotte was born two months ago.

"Just to see Bram and Shari, once you mentioned Wes and Charlotte's names, their faces would just absolutely light up," said Bram's sister Tessa Dorresteijn.

Paul and Tessa hope to keep their big brother and his wife's memories alive by trying to follow in the couple's footsteps.

"In the future, I would love to be able to have the same love and passion and compassion for my children that Bram and Shari had for Charlotte and Wesley," Tessa said.

"If you ever want to find out what the right thing in life to do was, for me at least, I think what would Bram have done," Paul said.

Shari's sister and brother-in-law who live in Brookfield are adopting the kids.

"It's hard to fathom, it still doesn't feel real," said Shari's sister Sara Grunzel.

To help the healing process, family and friends are asking anyone who wants to show their support, to make a donation to the Shari and Bram Dorresteijn Memorial Fund. The money will go toward Wesley and Charlotte.

"They accomplished so much in the short lives they lived," Paul said. "It's quite amazing and sad to have them leave us as early as they did."

To donate to the fund, click on the link: http://www.gofundme.com/shari--bram-memorial-fun

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UPDATED Monday, April 28, 2014 --- 11:31 a.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say the husband of a woman killed in a Kenosha County crash has died of injuries he suffered in the accident last week.

Sheriff's officials say 34-year-old Bram Dorresteijn died Sunday at Froedtert (FRAY'-dert) Hospital where he had been in critical condition since Thursday's crash on I-94.

His 33-year-old wife, Shari Dorresteijn, was killed instantly. Family members say the couple's two children are two-months and two years old. The family lived in Sun Prairie.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, April 28, 2014 --- 11:13 a.m.

From our news partner WITI in Milwaukee:

KENOSHA (WITI) — A Sun Prairie man has died from injuries he sustained during a traffic accident that occurred Thursday night, April 24th on I-94 just north of 38th St. in Kenosha County.

According to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office, authorities were called to the scene around 10:45 p.m. after a minivan struck a semi stopped in traffic on I-94.

“He’s gasping for air, help him please!” said Maurice McDowell, driver of the semi-truck, in his 911 call for help.

34-year-old Bram Dorresteijn was driving the minivan and sustained severe head injuries. Flight for Life landed on the closed highway and transported him to Froedtert Medical Center.

Dorresteijn’s wife, 33-year-old Shari Dorresteijn, was the passenger and sustained fatal injuries during the crash. Officials say she was not wearing her seatbelt.

Officials say there were no other occupants of the vehicle and the Sun Prairie couple has a 2-year-old son and 2-month-old daughter.

According to officials, 40-year-old McDowell from Milwaukee, sustained minor neck and shoulder injuries. Following the crash, he submitted to a voluntary blood test.

“He didn’t see where the traffic was stopping and he ran underneath my trailer,” said McDowell in his 911 call.

Authorities say there is no evidence to suggest Dorresteijn was impaired, however, the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Following the crash, traffic was diverted for five and a half hours. Both lanes of I-94 were shut down as emergency personnel responded to the wreck.

I-94 in Kenosha County is expanding from three lanes in both directions to four, and has been under construction for years.

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Posted Friday, April 25, 2014 --- 3:33 p.m.

From our news partner WITI in Milwaukee:

KENOSHA (WITI) — One person is dead and one person sustained serious injuries following a traffic accident that occurred Thursday night, April 24th on I-94 just north of 38th St. in Kenosha County. I-94 is under construction in this area.

According to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office, a minivan struck the back of a semi stopped in traffic on I-94 around 10:45 p.m.

34-year-old Bram Dorresteijn was driving the minivan and sustained severe head injuries. He was transported by Flight for Life to Froedtert Medical Center. His condition remains critical.

Dorresteijn’s wife, 33-year-old Shari Dorresteijn, was the passenger and sustained fatal injuries during the crash.

There were no other occupants of the vehicle. According to officials, the Dorresteijns reside in Sun Prairie.

Officials say the driver of the semi-truck, 40-year-old Maurice McDowell from Milwaukee, sustained minor neck and shoulder injuries. Following the crash, he submitted to a voluntary blood test.

No impairment is suspected at this time.

Authorities say there is no evidence to suggest the driver of the minivan was impaired, however, the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

According to officials, all southbound traffic had been reduced to one lane at the time of the crash — and motoring traffic had stopped due to the merging lanes.

Following the crash, traffic in both directions was re-routed while emergency personnel were on scene and during the investigation of the crash.


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