The Hortonville community is mourning the loss of a young life.17-year-old Kylee Hyde was killed Tuesday night in a car crash,shortly after she played in a basketball game.
Authorities say the weather played a role in the Hortonvillestudent's death. Officer say Hyde lost control of her car justbefore 10 p.m. while driving on a slick stretch of State Highway15, near Julius Road in Greenville.
It didn't take long for word of the crash to spread to Facebook.Nearly 700 people have joined a group in Hyde's honor, sharingtheir memories and the pain of a loss they never expected.
"Her locker is right there next to mine," Hortonville studentChristian Milkey explained.
Milkey talked to Hyde everyday and still can't believe the17-year-old is gone.
"Just shocking," he said. "I saw it on the news this morning andI'm like it's gotta be someone I know, someone nearby, and it washer."
Counselors, including those from other districts, helpedHortonville students as staff broke the news Wednesday morning.
"The principal was following her schedule all through the daytelling that class just what happened," Sophomore Luke Beyersaid.
Principal Bob McIntosh says Hyde will be missed. He says thejunior had a great personality and was very involved at theschool.
"She made a lot of people laugh, she was a real friendlyperson," student Caleb Boushley said. "Everyone liked her."
Hyde was also an athlete. She played volleyball, ran track andwas a valued member of the basketball team. Tuesday night, wearingnumber five, she scored four points against Appleton West.
The sheriff's department says the roads were incredibly slipperythat night and played a role in the crash. Officers say Hyde wastraveling east when she lost control and struck another vehiclebroadside.
Hyde was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the othercar was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
"It just seems to be an unfortunate accident due to weatherconditions," Sergeant Mike Hiesler with the Outagamie CountySheriff's Department said.
Officers haven't said if Hyde was wearing a seat belt, but saythe investigation is ongoing. Hyde's death marks the fourthfatality since July on State 15 between Greenville and NewLondon.
Hortonville has cancelled their girls basketball games for thenext three days. Funeral arrangements are being made at theBorchardt and Moder funeral home in Hortonville.
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