Wis. Crash Survivor’s Condition Improves

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WCCO) — Conditions have improved for one of the two teenagers who survived a crash that killed three others in Wisconsin.

According to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis., 16-year-old Felicia Bertrang has been upgraded to fair condition Thursday morning.

She had been in critical following the single-car accident that killed driver 14-year-old Austin Gable as well as passengers 13-year-old Makena Johnson and 15-year-old Marco Perez.

Thirteen-year-old Ulises Ponce was also injured in the crash. His current condition was not reported.

The State Patrol said the crash happened near Eau Claire around 7 p.m. Tuesday after a car was seen speeding in Washington Township.

The vehicle crashed, rolled over and ended up at the bottom of a steep hill near the 6500 block of Walnut Road. All involved were reportedly students in the Eleva-Strum School District.

The county sheriff’s office is still investigating, and a reconstruction team is working to determine the cause of the crash.

The sheriff said speed was a contributing factor, and toxicology tests will be conducted on the driver. Alcohol is not suspected in the crash, but investigators are looking into a Facebook post that suggests at least one of the passengers had been smoking marijuana.

Counselors are at the school to help classmates grieve.

  • sad but true

    ……….WOW!!!!, looking at that wreckage, surprised anybody survived. 2nd chance in life, don’t blow it.

    • no doubt

      I suspect they and everyone surounding them along with many others realize thiey were fortunate and learned a lot.
      Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of all involved. So tragic …..

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  • Common cents

    She is going to have to spend the rest of her life knowing her actions took the lives of 3 young friends. Very sad situation for all.

  • red

    yes sadly their joy ride with an un-lincensed driver- perhaps some smoking dope ended in big time tragedy. god bless everyone

  • Learn something kids

    Look up these kids on Facebook. Most of them have pictures of pot on it. Kare 11 is also reporting that Makena Johnson was also 2 months pregnant. This is so sad for the family and friends involved in this accident. I hope the kids who survived do not turn back to drugs. I hope they teach other kids about their mistake, allow other kids to see what they went through.

  • Question

    Will the 16 year old face any charges?

    • GrimReaper

      He got the Death penalty… …the single-car accident that killed driver …

  • rml

    A sad and tragic thing to have happened…. if kids would only stop for a moment and think…. it sounds like this road was known for it’s hills, I wonder if they were trying to “jump” or fly the car over a hilltop. If all that is on Facebook, it boggles my mind that something was not done about it (drugs).

  • amy senser

    I wonder if I friend them on facebook if they will accept?

  • WIresident

    Being very familair with the road in question, it is quite a thrill to jump those hils, or as teens call it “hill topping. This particualt road has verying degrees of hills, the next one better than the last. Of course, there have been a number of accidents related to these hills in the past. News locally reports one of the teens texted they wanted to try hill topping, of course that amongst other things reported posted also are.

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