First responders still coping with crash that claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl

Kage and Kherington Brownell (pictured left) and Kherington Brownell (pictured right) Photo provided by mother of children

TOWN OF WINNECONNE, Wis. (WLUK) -- Winnebago County Sheriff John Matz says some of his officers have sought counseling after responding to a rollover crash that killed a 10-year-old girl last Friday.

"It's especially hard when there's a child and if you have children the same age, it's tough," said Matz.

The crash happened shortly after 6 p.m. Officials say the driver was headed north on Highway 45 and crashed north of Highway 16.

When officers arrived on scene, the vehicle driven by Steven Brownell had rolled over onto its top and his daughter Kerhington was pinned inside.

Officials said witnesses tried to help, but she died at the scene. Her 13-year-old brother, Kage, was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

"That makes it even more traumatic to first responders and to dispatchers who are taking the calls. They are feeling all of those emotions that the caller is feeling and we are doing the best that we can," said Matz.

Investigators are still looking into what lead up to the crash, but do believe alcohol and excessive speed were factors.

However, no charges have been filed against the driver.


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