UPDATE: Sheriff Recommends Charges in Fatal Teen Crash

UPDATED Thursday, December 6, 2012 --- 12:28 p.m.

LANCASTER, Wis. (AP) -- Grant County sheriff's officials are recommending felony charges for a 16-year-old driver involved in a crash that killed another teen and injured three others.

Fifteen-year-old Makayla Hore of Lancaster was killed in the one-vehicle crash near Stitzer on Nov. 21. Her 17-year-old sister, a 15-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl were injured.

Sheriff's investigators say based on physical evidence and witnesses, speed apparently contributed to the crash. All those in the vehicle were wearing seat belts.

Authorities are recommending one count of homicide by negligent use of a vehicle and three counts of reckless driving causing great bodily harm.

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UPDATED: Thursday, December 6, 2012 --- 10:50 a.m.

From the Grant County Sheriff's Office:

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department’s investigation into the crash that killed 15 year old Makayla Hore of Lancaster, WI, which occurred on November 21, 2012, continues to move forward.

The next step in the investigation has resulted in charges being referred to the Grant County District Attorney’s office on the driver of the vehicle, 16 year old Morgan Hoehne of Lancaster. Based on physical evidence at the scene of the crash, statements from persons involved and witnesses, it appears speed was the contributing factor to the crash. It has also been determined that all occupants in the vehicle were restrained in seatbelts.

As part of the ongoing investigation, the Wisconsin State Patrol is in the process of reconstructing the crash and will provide additional information at a later date.

The District Attorney’s Office will receive reports from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department recommending the following charges:

Homicide by Negligent Use of Motor Vehicle – violation of Wisconsin Statute 940.10(1)

Three (3) counts of Reckless Driving Causing Great Bodily Harm – violation of Wisconsin Statute 364.62(4)

All charges are felony charges. Additional traffic violations will be issued.

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 --- 10:15 p.m.

Three teens involved in a fatal car crash before Thanksgiving are out of the hospital, a fourth is still recovering, as the community remembers the fifth on the ever of her funeral.

Lancaster High School should have hosted its first girls basketball game of the season Tuesday night. Instead, hundreds of friends, family, and community members showed up to the same gym for 15-year-old MaKayla Hore's wake.

Hore was a member of the basketball team, as well as several other sports and school groups. On a basketball left at the scene of the crash, friends wrote "Hope ur ballin it up in Heaven."

Friends tell NBC 15 three of the crash victims have returned home from the hospital, while 14-year-old Kindra Yoose continues to recover. They tell us she is doing better.


UPDATED: Saturday, November 24, 2012

A teammate from the Lancaster varsity basketball team, says 15 year old Makayla Hore, will be greatly missed.

“We didn't have our first game yet our first game is this Tuesday, and she is not here with us to be on our team anymore,”said teammate, Gianna Kneubuehl.

Kneubuel says Hore was great in person and on the basketball court.

“She was really talented too she would have gone very far,”said Kneubuel.

UPDATED: Friday, November 23, 2012 --- 11:55 p.m.

NBC 15 has been in contact with friends of some of the victims of Wednesday's crash. They say Makayla Hore's sister, 17-year-old Jena Hore, was sent home from the hospital today.

We also spoke with friends of 15-year-old Nathan Tranel. They say he is expected to be released soon. A group of his friends visited him in the hospital today, and took a picture with him, as he lay in his hospital bed with a neck brace.

Friends say Nathan is acting like his old self, giving them hope that he will make a full recovery.

At last check, the other two teenagers injured in the crash were in stable to critical-but-stable condition.


UPDATED: Thursday, November 23, 2012 --- 8:19 p.m.

NBC 15's Leigh Mills spoke with State Assembly Representative Travis Tranel, the Republican representative from Cuba City. Tranel is a distant relative to Nathan Tranel, one of the victims in Wednesday's crash. The Grant County Sheriff's Department tells NBC 15 tonight Nathaniel Tranel remains at UW Hospital.

Travis Travel told Leigh tonight that Lancaster is a strong community and they will pull together and get through this. He says he spoke to the sheriff this morning, who said he was very proud of his deputies and EMTs who responded to this tragic crash.

Tranel said, "I have children. I can't imagine burying a child. My thoughts and prayers are with them." He also offered new insight on an old saying: "It takes a village to raise a child, and in this case, it takes a village to bury one as well."

He said this tight-knit community will be there for each other during this difficult time.


UPDATED: Thursday, November 22, 2012 --- 4:05 p.m.

From the Grant County Sheriff's Office:

On 11-21-12 at approximately 4:42pm, the Grant County Sheriff’s department received a report of a one vehicle crash with entrapment on Liberty Ridge Rd in Liberty Township, south of the Village of Stitzer.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Morgan Hoehne, 16, of Lancaster. Hoehne remains in UW Hospitals in stable condition.

The deceased victim in Hoehne’s vehicle has also been identified. She has been identified as MaKayla Hore, 15, of Lancaster.

The conditions of the remaining passengers range from stable to critical but stable. They have been identified as Jena Hore, 17, Lancaster, Nathaniel Tranel, 15, Lancaster, and Kindra Yoose, 14, also of Lancaster.

The preliminary investigation shows that speed is a contributing factor and alcohol does not appear to be involved. The investigation also shows that MaKayla Hore was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The use of safety belts for the remaining passengers and the driver are unknown at this time. All of the surviving victims were transported to Grant Regional Health Center and then air lifted to UW Hospitals and Clinics in Madison by either Med Flight or Med Link.

The investigation into the accident continues.


POSTED: Thursday, November 22, 2012 -- 7:15 a.m.

From the Grant County Sheriff's Office:

On 11-21-12 at approximately 4:42pm, the Grant County Sheriff’s department received a report of a one vehicle crash with entrapment on Liberty Ridge Rd in Liberty Township, south of the Village of Stitzer. As a result of the crash, a 15 year old female passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Grant County Coroner.

The 16 year old driver and three other passengers, ages 15-17 years old, were taken to Grant Regional Hospital and several of them were later transported by MedFlight for their injuries. The names of all of the subjects involved are being withheld at this time, due to an ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash. The initial investigation indicated that speed could be a contributing factor to the crash.

The driver and four passengers are students at Lancaster high school and the high school has begun offering counseling services to students.

Assisting the Grant County Sheriff Department was the Wisconsin State Patrol, Lancaster Fire and EMS departments, Fennimore EMS, Liberty/Stitzer Fire department, Grant County Coroner and the Lancaster Police Department.

This crash remains under investigation and further information will be released at a later date.