What was supposed to be a fun sleepover turned to a tragic night for the families of nine teenage girls. Three of the teens were killed and six were injured in a Campbellsport car crash.
The Wisconsin auto accident occurred at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 11. The nine girls, all students at Campbellsport High School, piled into a Chevy Tahoe and drove to get fast food in Fond du Lac. On the way back to Campbellsport, the girls stopped to “TP” a friend’s home in Eden. They were travelling at a high rate of speed when the driver, 18-year-old Carly Ottery of Eden, crested a hill and hit a bump at the intersection of Beechnut Drive and Eisenbahn Trail in the town of Ashford. Ottery drove up another small hill and then lost control of the vehicle. The SUV flipped and rolled onto a frozen farm field. It traveled more than 700 feet before coming to stop on its wheels.
Four of the girls were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident; they were thrown from the vehicle. Sixteen-year-old Katie Berg and 15-year-old Sabrina Stahl, both of Campbellsport, died from injuries suffered in the accident. Seventeen-year-old Caitlin Scannell also sustained fatal injuries. She was wearing her seat belt.
The remaining six girls sustained injuries. Three are in serious conditions.
The Wisconsin car accident attorneys at Hupy and Abraham offer condolences to the families of those bereaved in this tragic crash, and we send our wishes for a quick recovery to the injured teenagers. We hope parents will take this tragedy as an occasion to speak to their teens about the importance of wearing seat belts and practicing road safety.