The 18-year-old driver of a car who died after a crash with a pickup truck Friday night in Muskego has been identified as Trevor Hampton of Wind Lake. He was set to graduate from Muskego High School this coming weekend.
Police said just before 11 p.m. Hampton was driving southbound on Racine Avenue by Gemini Drive when he crashed with a pickup truck traveling northbound.
Hampton was transported to Froedtert Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries. His friend, a 17-year-old from Muskego was taken to Children’s Hospital and has since been released. The driver of the pickup, identified as a 22-year-old Waukesha man was not injured. Police said he’s cooperating with investigators.
Witnesses said an unknown vehicle pulled out of the Old Muskego Settlement Centre in front of Hampton’s car, causing him to lose control and veer into the pickup.
Surveillance video from a nearby business shows a vehicle pull out of the Old Settlement Centre and come close to striking Hampton’s car before Hampton lost control.
A memorial continues to grow at the scene of the crash as family and friends mourn his death.
Mariah Drobot is still coping. She was friends with Hampton since middle school and said he was beloved by many.
“He didn’t deserve this,” Drobot said. “His smile and his laugh were contagious so whenever he was happy it just made everybody else around him happy.”
She saw the crash driving home from work Friday night. Kobe Ramazini heard the sirens.
“It’s kind of been stuck in my head, but we didn’t know what was going on until the morning after,” Ramazini said.
They later learned he died at the hospital.
“He was an extremely good person, a kind-hearted soul. He will genuinely be missed,” Ramazini said.
“He cared about everyone else more than himself,” Drobot added.
Hampton was set to graduate this weekend from Muskego High School, something he worked hard at achieving.
Analiese Schroeder remembers seeing him at school on “Senior Skip Day.”
“I go, ‘Trevor why are you at school?’ And he goes, ‘I’m being a responsible adult and making the right decision by coming to school,’ and that just really stood out to me, and that shows how much he tried graduating and making it to graduation,” Schroeder said.
Superintendent Dr. Kelly Thompson released the following statement:
“Our hearts go out to the family members and friends who are impacted by this tragic accident that took the life of one of our Warriors. When our district and community experience such tragedy, it has a great impact on us all. During this time, our school district will be providing student support services to those at Muskego High School. We join our community in supporting the family during this difficult time and offer our deepest condolences.”
“It’s definitely heartbreaking for everyone in our class. I mean just to lose an individual that we got to see and we got to grow up with from elementary school to middle school on, to high school,” Ramazini said.
Now they hope Hampton knows they’re going to find a way to memorialize him on graduation day.
“He will definitely be in our hearts as people are walking across the stage,” Schroeder said.
More than $11,000 have already been raised on a GoFundMe Page to help Hampton’s family with funeral costs.
Police said a witness described the vehicle that pulled out in front of Hampton’s car as a white Chevrolet, possibly a Cobalt LE, with gold trim on the back of the vehicle.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Muskego Police Department at 262-679-4130.