Hortonville community mourns loss of student killed in crash

A memorial is seen Sept. 28, 2015 on the side of the road where a Hortonville High School student died in a car crash, Sept. 25, 2015. (WLUK/Alexa Santos)

Students and staff of Hortonville High School are mourning the loss of one of their students after she died in a vehicle crash on Friday night.

Officials from the Outagamie County Coroner's Office say 16-year-old Emily Nickel died from multiple blunt force injuries from a single-vehicle rollover crash on School Road in Greenville, just before 6:00 p.m.

According to the Sheriff's Department Nickel was one of the passengers in the vehicle.

Officials say a toxicology report is still pending, however authorities said Friday that alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash.

Three other 16-year-old girls were also in the vehicle. Their injuries are non life-threatening.

Officials said all the teens were wearing their seat belts.

Nickel was pronounced dead at the scene.

A memorial with flowers and stuffed animals sits on School Road in Greenville.

A group of Emily Nickel's classmates added a white cross to the growing memorial Monday after school.

"Because someone so great deserves something like that, even though it's so little," explained Mikayla Miller.

Classmates at Hortonville High School told us they want to honor Nickel, a junior who radiated positivity.

"Emily was a very unique person. She always had a smile on her face," Mikayla Miller told FOX 11.

Friends said Nickel was good at making people laugh.

"She always knew how to make everybody smile. The Snapchats she sent people were always really unattractive Snapchats that were just really funny," explained Mikayla's sister Mariah Miller.

At the memorial you can see a basketball as well.

Nickel was a member of the school's team.

"She was a big part of the team this year and next year and no longer with us now," Mikayla Miller told us.

Friends said the baskeball coach called a team meeting Monday to talk about Nickel's death.

They're not alone. Hortonville High School has offered counseling to students and staff who need it.

"Today was really rough, especially for the junior class and some of the teachers who knew Emily quite well," said Mikayla Miller.

But classmates told FOX 11 this tragedy has brought the community closer together.

"I feel like the junior class has become closer because of Emily's death. That's how I feel," said Mariah Miller.

Over the weekend on Saturday, the school was open for assistance and a holy hour was held at St. Mary's in Greenville.

Nickel's funeral will be Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville.

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