SEYMOUR, Wis. (WBAY) – An obituary remembers a 13-year-old boy killed in a Halloween night crash in Oneida as “truly an original.”
Braxton D. Kasee, a student at Seymour Middle School, died after the vehicle he was in rolled and hit a power pole on Bain Road.
“Braxton enjoyed playing sports, fishing, and he had a wonderful artistic side of him and loved to draw,” reads the obituary. “He had a huge heart and went out of his way to make people laugh and smile.”
Seymour Schools Superintendent Peter Ross says counselors will be available to students and staff in the district. “Encourage your children to talk to someone about their feelings,” reads a statement from Ross.
At about 10 p.m. Monday, a minivan carrying Kasee and four other teens was traveling west on Bain Road when the driver, an 18-year-old, lost control near County Highway U, rolled, and hit a utility pole.
Braxton Kasee was airlifted to a Green Bay hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The other teens were transported by ambulance. They’ve all been released from the hospital. The sheriff’s office says they’re all from Seymour.
The Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office says everyone in the van wore a seat belt, and investigators do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors, but why the driver lost control remains under investigation.
“They failed to stop at a stop sign. We still have investigators out right now going through evidence, interviewing the occupants and witnesses, and we’re trying to figure out what the actual cause of the accident was that caused them to roll and hit the power pole,” Ssgt. Ryan Carpenter of the sheriff’s office said.
Friends and family are invited to a memorial service for Braxton Kasee at St. John Catholic Church on Monday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m.
In Braxton’s obituary, family thanked the emergency crews who responded to the scene. Town of Oneida firefighter John C. Brocker reported feeling ill while setting up a landing zone for the medical helicopter, and was pronounced dead after being transported to a Green Bay hospital.