Sisters killed in snowy I-41 crash

Posted at 9:07 PM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 23:11:20-04

A family is burying two sisters after a crash on I-41 in Washington County. Snowy weather led to the deadly crash on the freeway. The father of one of the women who died is speaking about losing his daughter and her stepsister.

As the snow fell Thursday morning, a spring storm turned the roads from a icy to treacherous. Amanda Volgmann, 26, had planned to stick to the main roads. The Oshkosh woman was driving to the Menomonee Falls area to pick something up from her cousin.

Instead of taking her two-year-old son out in the snow, her mom offered to watch him and her sister. Kara Volgmann, 15, jumped at the chance to ride along.

"Kara didn't want Amanda to drive alone so, 'Amanda, you know, I'll go with you,'" says Spencer Lawrence, Amanda Volgmann's father.

Amanda Volgmann borrowed her mom's van. She and Kara were driving on I-41 near the Town of Addison in Washington County when she lost control.

"I kept on going over in my head what my daughter was going through. As she is sliding and she can't control the vehicle. As she is sliding at the semi," Lawrence says.

Spencer Lawrence says Amanda and her sister died on impact. The driver of the semi was taken to the hospital. Lawrence says his parents once told him, always tell your children you love them no matter what, even if you are mad because you never know. It's advice he never forgot.

"Every time I hung up with her I told her how much I loved her and I cared about her," Lawrence says.

That was the last thing he said to her when they spoke Monday. Right before she hung up she said...

"I love you too Daddy, I'll see you soon."

The family has a memorial fund set up in Amanda and Kara Volgmann's names. It will also help to raise money for Amanda's son, Zavier. You can donate to that at any BMO Harris Bank. You can also visit their GoFundMe page here.