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Hortonville teen killed in crash

Three girls injured in rollover accident

By Scott Bellile

Homecoming week at Hortonville High School is quieter this year as students mourn the loss of a 16-year-old Hortonville girl who died in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Greenville.

Emily A. Nickel, daughter of Mark and Kristen (Stokhaug) Nickel, died of blunt force injuries on School Road east of Manley Road on Friday, Sept. 25.

The Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department received a call about the crash at 5:57 p.m. that evening. Nickel was a passenger and pronounced dead at the scene while three other 16-year-old females were injured.

All girls were wearing seatbelts and alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash, the sheriff’s department said.

The driver lost control of the vehicle and it rolled sideways, coming to a rest on its roof, the sheriff’s department said. Sheriffs have not released a cause of the accident as of Tuesday, Sept. 29.

The Hortonville junior was a member of the basketball team. According to her obituary, she loved reading, spending time with family, peanut butter and making anybody laugh.

Hortonville High School principal Todd Timm said Nickel was a naturally great kid who was involved in her school, cared about her friends and was a good student athlete.

“Our hearts and prayers are definitely with her family,” Timm said.

The evening of the crash, Hortonville staff were already arranging counseling services at school the next day and informed students over social media.

“We didn’t feel comfortable waiting until Monday,” Timm said.

Everyone within the school has been supporting one another, Timm said, and school counselors, mental health therapists and staff support remain available.

Those close to Nickel have left flowers, teddy bears, a basketball and other objects on the roadside where the crash occurred to memorialize Nickel.

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