Family grieves bicyclist hit by SUV in New Berlin

CREATED May. 20, 2013

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NEW BERLIN- Fifteen seconds of silence for number 15. Whitnall High School soccer team honored their teammate Monday night.

“We wanted to be here to support the team and for Brittany,” said Mel Mickey, Brittany Barnstable’s grandfather.

Whitnall freshman Brittany Barnstable was killed in a bike accident over the weekend. With tears in his eyes, her grandfather describes Brittany’s blossoming personality.

“She was bubbly, she was determined, she wanted to follow her sister’s weightlifting program. She was getting up at 4 o’clock every day riding her bike to a private gym,” Mickey said.

Barnstable was killed while she was riding on a trail in New Berlin when she was hit by an SUV. She wasn’t wearing a helmet.

“We don’t know if wearing a helmet would have saved her life, but it would have made a difference. We ask everyone to insist on their kids wearing helmets,” Mickey said.

Her family is coping with Brittany’s death by knowing she’ll help many others. She was an organ donor, and may help up to nine people.

Police are still trying to figure out how the accident happened, but say it doesn’t look like speed or alcohol were factors. The district attorney will review the case.