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Car Crash Kills Glenbrook North Student

Kyle Caraher was an honor roll student and football player.

A 17-year-old senior died after his car collided with an SUV Monday afternoon. 

Kyle Caraher was driving to his friend's house in Wisconsin where his family was vacationing at about 1 p.m. when the crash occurred, the Columbia County Sheriff's Department stated in a press release. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wisconsin police say Caraher's car was traveling north on a country road and failed to stop at a stop sign. His vehicle was hit by an SUV travelling east at the intersection. 

The SUV driver suffered minor injuries. The sheriff's department said speed is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

“We are devastated beyond words," Glenbrook North Principal Paul Pryma said. "Kyle was a strong, collaborative and hardworking contributor to our community. He was loved by all.” 

Caraher played football and lacrosse for the school. He was dedicated to physical development and training in the off-season, his football coach Matt Purdy said.

“Kyle is the kind of young man I hope my young son will become some day,” GBN's head football coach Bob Pieper said in a statement released by the school.

Caraher was also on academic honor roll. 

“Kyle had a presence that was larger than life," teacher Peg Holocek said. 

According to a press release sent out by District 225 Superintendent Dr. Mike Riggle, Caraher has a younger brother who is a sophomore at GBN.

Counselors and social workers will be available through the remainder of the week at both Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South.

To read messages from community members for Kyle and his family, click here. And, to add your own, share in the comments below. 

Deb July 03, 2012 at 08:44 PM
So very sad. My thoughts and prayers to all who knew this young man. My deepest condolences to his family.
Linda Clark-Borre July 03, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Condolences to this beautiful boy's friends and family.
CB July 03, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Kyle was the kind of guy that made you want to be a better person. According to an email that was sent out earlier today: "A prayer service will be held at St. Norbert this evening, Tuesday (7/3), at 7:00 p.m. All are invited to join." My thoughts are with the Caraher family.
Phaedra Wilkinson July 03, 2012 at 11:03 PM
We are so sad to hear this news. Our prayers are with his family and friends.
Stan Golovchuk (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Thank you for mentioning that.
D July 04, 2012 at 01:42 PM
A tragic accident and a horrible loss. Kyle was such a great boy. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. This is such a huge loss to not only his family and friends but also to our school and our community. He will be dearly missed.

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