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Law enforcement release details of crash that killed three teens

EAU CLAIRE COUNTY (WQOW) - The Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office held a press conference to discuss the details of a December crash that killed three teens from the Eleva-Strum School District.

On December 20th, 2011, 14-year-old Austin Gable was driving a car on Walnut Road. Law enforcement says the teen was hill jumping with friends. Hill jumping is an activity where a driver travels at a high rate of speed over a hill to get airborne. Law enforcement says Gable was traveling 80 to 90 MPH when he came over the hill. That caused the car to travel 177 feet in the air before landing on the road. The landing caused Gable to lose control of the car and roll it. Two passengers, one in the front seat and one in the back seat also died in the crash. Law enforcement says Gable was the only passenger wearing a seatbelt. 

Law enforcement says during the investigation, they learned Felicia Bertrang, the only person who is 16 years old and licensed, had allowed minors as young as 12 years old to drive her car while she was a passenger. The case has been forwarded to the District Attorney's office for review.

During the press conference, Gable's grandfather addressed the media. WQOW News 18 will have more from him and the press conference on the web and on our evening newscasts.


Law enforcement has completed an investigation into the crash that killed three teens.  Law enforcement will release the details of that investigation in a Press Conference Friday morning.

The crash happened in December on Walnut Road in Eau Claire County.  A 14-year-old was driving a vehicle with four teen passengers, when it lost control and rolled.  Two other others were killed in the crash.  Investigators believe the driver was trying to get the car airborne on the hilly road.

A press conference is being held at the Eau Claire County Courthouse at 9:00 AM.  WQOW News 18 has a crew at the press conference and will have more on the web and on our newscasts throughout the day. 



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