High speed, not using seat belts factored into Campbellsport crash deaths

CREATED Feb 6, 2012 - UPDATED: Feb 6, 2012

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CAMPBELLSPORT - The Fond du Lac Sheriff's Department says that driving at high speed and not using seat belts played factors in the deaths of three high school students from Campbellsport after a crash.

"Excess speed and a lack of use of safety belts are factors in the crash," said Sheriff Mylan Fink. He explained that two of the girls who died were not wearing a seat belt.

Katie Berg, 16, Caitlin Scannell, 17, and Sabrina Stahl, 15, all died after a friend lost control of an SUV they were riding in early Saturday morning.

Six other girls who attend the school were hurt.

The nine girls were in an SUV that left a road near the high school early Saturday, crashed into a field and rolled several times.

Investigators say some of the girls weren't wearing seat belts.

Principal Kristen Langer says the conditions of the six injured girls at two hospitals have not deteriorated.

The principal says students are meeting with counselors in the school library where they can watch Facebook videos, see pictures of the girls and leave messages for them in notebooks.

"Everyone is just taking this really hard," said Dylan Sarauer, a student at the school.

Students with heavy hearts and emotional shock said prayers and sang "Amazing Grace" during a candlelight vigil.

"It's your worst nightmare," explained Ron Schlafer, who attended the vigil. 

"You hear it.  You read about it.  You see it, but this close, it hits home."

"No one ever thought of these girls, that this would ever happen to them," said Sarauer.

Scannell and Stahl died at the scene, while Katie passed away at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.

Students gathered at the school to write letters to the girls early Sunday.

"Our hearts go out to all the families," said Schlafer.  "Not much more you can say."

Langer says the girls were friends who played soccer and volleyball. Some have siblings at the high school.

The 18-year-old driver was cooperating with authorities.  There was no word on whether the Fond du Lac County District Attorney would charge her.