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Jake Daeda, 16 -- Car Accident

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MONTICELLO -- A New Glarus teen was killed Sunday when his vehicle overturned and he was ejected, according to Green County Sheriff Randy Roderick.

Jake A. Daeda, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Green County Coroner's office, Roderick said. The accident took place on a closed portion of Wisconsin 69 on the north edge of Monticello in Mount Pleasant township, near the Francois Oil Company.

Deputies, along with the Monticello Fire Department, New Glarus Emergency Medical Services and a New Glarus police officer responded to the scene around 12:15 a.m. A Monticello police officer came upon the accident and reported the accident to the Green County Sheriff's Department.

Preliminary investigation showed Daeda was driving a pickup truck on a closed portion of the road under construction when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle left the road, partially overturned and Daeda was ejected from the vehicle. He was not wearing a seat belt. Roderick said speed is a contributing factor in the accident.

Daeda was a junior at New Glarus High School, where his death affected students and faculty as they learned the news Monday morning. District Administrator Barb Thompson said Principal Dwayne Schober was meeting with each grade level to explain what happened. Counselors Sonya Tidd and Juany Kielley-Dahlen met with students and staff during the morning and will continue to throughout the week.

School Nurse Christy Meier, School Psychologist Tracy Simonson as well as four ministers from the community planned visits to the elementary and middle/high school buildings to help students and faculty. Daeda had many cousins and other relatives at each building and many of the staff members taught Daeda.

Daeda played football and was a member of the boys golf team. Thompson's husband coached Daeda as a member of the football team's defensive unit.

"Jake was one of his favorite players," Thompson said. "Jake's spirit was epitomized by the way he played defense.

"He was a tough little guy who really gave it his all."



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