Teachers dead after Kenosha County motorcycle crash

CREATED Oct 10, 2011 - UPDATED: Oct 10, 2011

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KENOSHA COUNTY - School officials say that two teachers from Union Grove and Westosha Central High Schools have died after a motorcycle crash on Sunday.

A Union Grove High School official told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker that Kristin Novaez, a choir teacher at the school, was the passenger who died in the crash.

Her husband David also died in the crash.  He was a German teacher at Westosha Central High School and a retired Marine.

A Kenosha County Sheriff's sheriff's spokesman confirmed that David was 48 years old and Kristin was 36, and they both lived in the Town of Wheatland.

TODAY'S TMJ4's reports there is a showing Friday from noon to 4 p.m., then a Funeral at 4:30 at St. Peter's Lutheran in Waterford.

Investigators say a 20-year-old man driving a Chevy Blazer pulled out from a stop sign on county Highway P in the Town of Wheatland at about 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon and into the path of the bike.

"They were on a motorcycle, and the young man went through a stop sign.  They hit him.  They both had helmets on, but (David) died at the scene," said Union Grove District Administrator Al Mollerskov.

Kristin died at a hospital.  According to the Sheriff's spokesman, Kristin's leg was severed during the crash.

According to Mollerskov, Kristin taught at Union Grove for eight years, and previously taught at Pewaukee High School.

"She was loved by so many students and graduates," said Mollerskov. 

"She had taken students to Germany to sing, to Hawaii, to New York. They were just at Miller Park singing."

She helped not just with the school's choir, but also with various musicals at the school.

"Kristin was a teacher that held everyone's attention.  She was a former Miss Oshkosh, and always presented such a professional product."

Both schools have brought grief counselors to help out grieving students and staff members.