On the evening of April 22 in Beaver Dam, just outside of Madison, a five-year-old girl was hit by a vehicle. The girl was transported to local Beaver Dam Hospital, where she died shortly after her arrival.
The Beaver Dam auto accident took place at approximately 6 p.m. in the 400 block of Fourth Street. The driver, 43-year-old Randall Nehmer of Beaver Dam, was driving his pickup truck eastbound when the child, Jalyn Schaal, stepped out into traffic from behind a parked car.
Nehmer stopped his vehicle and cooperated with officers. He was questioned and released shortly after the accident. The local police have indicated that neither alcohol nor excessive speed appears to have contributed to the accident. As of now, there are no charges being filed against Nehmer.
The Dodge County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate this incident.
Schaal, who lived with her family in Beaver Dam, attended South Beaver Dam School. The school is a part of the Beaver Dam Unified School District. Grief counselors were readily available for students at South Beaver Dam School.
A candlelight vigil Monday evening in honor of Jalyn Schaal drew a crowd of about 200 people.
The Wisconsin motor vehicle accident attorneys at Hupy & Abraham offer their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jalyn Schaal during this difficult time. We urge all drivers to be extra cautious in residential neighborhoods so that fewer tragedies like this one will occur in our Wisconsin communities.