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Crash kills Brookfield Central graduate

2nd former student injured in Juneau County accident

Dec. 22, 2010

A former Brookfield Central student died Tuesday night after the car she was riding in collided with a semitrailer truck near New Lisbon in Juneau County.

A spokeswoman for the Elmbrook School District confirmed that two former students were involved in the crash.

Holly Stahl, 19, and her boyfriend, Jack Moro, 19, were traveling eastbound on I-90 when the crash occurred just before 9 p.m. According to a news release from the State Patrol, the semitrailer truck was traveling in the right lane and moved into the left lane, colliding with Moro's car. The car spun and slid into the median, while the semi struck two other semi units. According to the State Patrol, there were a number of crashes that occurred in the same area Tuesday night.

The semi driver, Ricky Freeman, 57, of St. Croix had no injuries. Moro and Stahl were both transported to Hess Memorial Hospital, where Stahl later died. Moro was treated for his injuries and released.

Both were 2009 graduates of Brookfield Central. Stahl was attending the University of Minnesota and Moro attends St. Cloud State University in Minnesota where he plays defensive back for the football team, according to a representative from each university. A post from Moro on his Facebook page indicates this was his first trip back home since August because he had football over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Stahl, an interior design major, was named to the spring 2010 dean's list at the University of Minnesota. Both Stahl and Moro were honor roll students at Brookfield Central.

A statement from the University of Minnesota College of Design Dean Thomas Fisher says Stahl was an excellent student and promising designer, who had dreamed of becoming a designer since she was 12. The statement says she shadowed several professionals in the field and was planning to pursue a retail merchandising minor.

In high school, Stahl was involved in student council, soccer and the school's Key Club service organization, the school's principal, Don LaBonte, said. Moro played football, baseball and basketball at Brookfield Central, earning awards in all three, including first-team all region and honorable mention all-state in football. He is majoring in Business Computer Information Systems, the school's athletics website says.

LaBonte described Moro and Stahl as "two vibrant young people."

The mood in the school Wednesday was somber on the final day before school break, a day usually filled with high spirits, he said.

"It's definitely a much different mood than I expected coming in this morning," LaBonte said.

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