Two Children Tragically Killed After SUV Turns In Front Of Semi-Tanker
Whitewater, WI – Two children were killed after the SUV they were riding in turned in front of a semi-truck Thursday evening on US Highway 12 in Whitewater.
The accident happened at approximately 7:30 p.m. in Whitewater on US Highway 12 at Walworth Avenue.
A preliminary investigation from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) stated a Peterbilt truck hauling an empty tanker was headed south on US Highway 12 and approaching the intersection with Walworth Avenue.
At the same time, a 2003 Ford Excursion driven by Kristina Wilken, 44, of Waterford, turned left into the path of the Peterbilt.
According to investigators, the Excursion, which was carrying 5 passengers and hauling a camper, was struck on the rear passenger side.
The Peterbilt and Excursion both came to rest in a ditch alongside the highway, authorities said.
Both the Excursion and the camper it was hauling sustained “extensive damage,” WCSO reported.
Two children who were passengers in the SUV were tragically killed in the crash.
They were identified by WSCO as 14-year-old Kaylinn Wilken of Waterford and 7-year-old Olly Koelsch of Boise, Idaho.
Kaylinn was the daughter of the SUV’s driver.
Olly’s twin sister, Ella, was also riding in the the SUV, along with the twins’ father, Michael Koelsch, 42, also of Boise.
The three surviving passengers were transported to a nearby hospital.
WSCO said the extent of their injuries is unknown.
The driver of the semi-truck, Allen Guthrie, 56, of Elkhorn, was not injured in the accident, officials said.
No charges have been filed at this time.
However, the accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit.
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