I-94 Crash Kills Three Teens, Including Arrowhead Student
HARTLAND - An Arrowhead High School student and two of her close friends lost their lives in a terrible accident Tuesday.
The Nowicki family hugged and cried just after visiting the spot along the interstate where Amanda Nowicki lost her life.
"Devastating... unbelievable," said Bill Nowicki, Amanda's father.
Amanda, her 17-year-old boyfriend Sean White and their friend Tori Braun were on their home from a cabin up north.
Tori, the 16-year-old driver, hit a construction barrel on I-94 in Ixonia, just east of Willow Glen Road. Her Honda Civic swerved and lost control. The car sped over the median and into the path of an oncoming Budget truck. The three friends died.
"I can't believe it," said Amanda's brother, Justin. "I love my sister."
Amanda finished her junior year at Arrowhead and was on track to graduate early. Amanda celebrated her 17th birthday just last week.
"She wanted to be a psychiatrist or a social worker," her mom, Jodi, told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray.
Investigators from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office believe the three teenagers were not wearing seatbelts.
"We don't know either way what would have happened," said Jodi. "We just know it was a horrific accident. But seat belts, wear your seat belts."
Tori and Sean attended Oregon High School near Madison. Grief counselors are expected to be available for friends and classmates at Arrowhead and Oregon on Thursday.