Fourteen-year-old Cade Werner lost his life Tuesday after suffering from serious injuries sustained in a car accident last week, and on Wednesday the eighth grader was on the hearts and minds of many in Dodge County, including his school family.
"There's not a member of our school community that hasn't really been affected by this because being such a small school district everybody does know everybody," said Rubicon District Administrator Dennis Kaczor.
The 14-year-old was in the passenger seat and his 16-year-old brother was behind the wheel. The teenagers were in Rubicon on their way to school Friday when their car drifted onto the shoulder. The Dodge County Sheriff's Office said Cade was ejected when the car spun out and overturned.
Students at Honor Intermediate learned their classmate died from his injuries Tuesday.
"Last night they had time to grieve on their own a little bit and then wanted to see their friends and give each other a hug and have that peer support," Kaczor said.
Cade was an athlete. He played baseball and basketball. He excelled in school.
"It seem like the resounding theme is that Cade was a good student, well respected student, somebody that every teacher would want to have him in class," Kaczor said.
Counselors from surrounding districts were on hand for students and staff Wednesday.
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