WAUSAU (WAOW) – Prosecutors asked a juvenile court judge Monday for more time to consider filing charges against a 16-year-old driver in the rollover crash that killed two girls and injured eight other young people.
The girl appeared before Marathon County Judge Greg Huber who ordered her placed on electronic monitoring at her home and under close supervision of her family, according to a pool media report of the closed-door hearing.
The girl's mother told the judge that all keys will be kept away from her, the report said. The girl will only be at home and to attend counseling, the report said.
Investigators said earlier Monday that the girl did not have a driver's license when she headed to Eau Claire Dells with nine passengers in a sports utility vehicle to go swimming Friday morning.
The Marathon County Sheriff's Department said the teen apparently lost control of the vehicle on state Highway 52, it went into a ditch, rolled several times and landed against a tree about 15 miles northeast of Wausau.
Two 12-year-old girls were killed.
The teenager's initial appearance on possible charges in the crash was adjourned until Wednesday, the media report said.
Among the people allowed into the juvenile proceedings Monday were the girl's brother and three other victims of the crash, the report said.
Huber said he will remove himself from the case because he knows the girl's grandfather.
TOWN OF EASTON (WAOW) – An unlicensed 16-year-old girl was driving a Ford SUV when she lost control and rolled over several times on Highway 52 near Rocky Road on Friday, Marathon County Sheriff's Department officials say. Two 12-year-old girls died as a result of that crash, authorities say.
They say there were nine passengers in the SUV, ranging in ages from 12 to 15 years old.
Sheriff's Department officials have identified the two young girls who died as Reighlee Stevenson of Oshkosh and Desaree Landowski of Wausau. They say Stevenson died at the scene, while Landowski was transported to the hospital and later died of her injuries.
Officials say they are not releasing the names of the other passengers because of their ages.
One child remains in the hospital after the crash in Marathon County.
Investigators say the investigation is ongoing. “Future decisions will be made on any charges to be filed,” according to a release.
The Wausau School District will be offering counseling to any students who need it.