13-year-old killed in Oneida crash; responding firefighter also dies
ONEIDA (WLUK) -- A 13-year-old boy and a 65-year-old volunteer firefighter are dead after a crash in the Town of Oneida Monday night.
The Outagamie Co. Sheriff's Office says the crash happened around 10 o’clock on Bain Road just west of Hwy. U in the Town of Oneida. The driver of a westbound SUV lost control and the vehicle rolled over and hit a power pole. Five people between 13 and 18 years old were in the SUV.
Braxton Kasee is the 13-year-old who died. He was airlifted from the scene and pronounced dead at the hospital.
The four other teens were taken to the hospital by ambulance.
The volunteer firefighter has been identified as 65-year-old John C Brocker. The U.S. Fire Administration says he died of a heart attack at the scene. He has been a volunteer firefighter for 14 years.
Flowers and balloons rest on the edge of the rural Town of Oneida road where the crash happened.
“I can't cry no more,” said Amber Kasee, Braxton’s aunt. “I'm not all cried out. More tears will come, but as of right now I'm numb. I've cried and cried and cried.”
Amber Kasee received a call about what happened late Monday night.
“I didn't know what to think,” said Kasee. “I lost it. I lost it for him, but most of all I lost it for my brother and my nephew's mother. I couldn't imagine losing a child. I couldn't.”
“I think this is one of those things they are still looking into whether they stopped for the stop sign, if speed was a factor,” said Lt. Terry Hammel with the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department. “I think it's just one of those things, I'd always be cautious and abide by the laws.”
While Kasee's family would like answers, they are taking this time to reflect.
“He was a very caring, loving person and makes everybody's day great,” said Trinity Johnson, Kasee’s cousin.
“A lot of the kid's that I've met throughout the day today spoke on my nephew about how lively he was,” said Amber Kasee. “He was the class clown. He was just lovable and livable. I mean he lived life.”
“I can't believe he is gone,” said Johnson. “I don't feel like he is gone. Every day I go to school I"m not going to see him in the halls, I'm not going to be able to sit next to him. It's not going to feel the same.”