GBN student Caraher, 17, dies in crash in Wisconsin
Updated: August 13, 2012 6:21AM
NORTHBROOK — Kyle Caraher, 17, of Northbrook lost his life in an auto accident July 2 in Wisconsin, the third fatality in about two weeks to shake the community.
Caraher, who would have been a senior this fall at Glenbrook North High School, was an honor student and a football player.
He was driving about 1 p.m. north on Highway 188 near the Wisconsin River at Prairie du Sac when he failed to halt at a stop sign at Highway 60, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Caraher’s vehicle was hit by a sport utility vehicle traveling east on Highway 60. The driver, Brian A. Moore, 27, of Lodi, Wis., was treated for minor injuries.
Caraher was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Glenbrook North High School Principal Paul Pryma said Caraher’s death was devastating to the entire community, especially in the aftermath of the others.
Caraher’s death follows those of Billy Garrity, a 17-year-old who also would have been a senior this fall; and Ryan McCarthy, a 20-year-old 2010 graduate of the school.
“Kyle was strong, collaborative, hard-working and loved by all,” Pryma said. “He couldn’t wait for the football season to start. He was excited about the work he had done in the program and was anxious to play.”
Head varsity football coach Bob Pieper also remembered Caraher fondly.
“He was the kind of young man I hope my young son will become some day,” Pieper said.
“Kyle had a bigger than life presence,” added teacher/coach Peg Holecek.
Pryma said the sorrow being felt throughout the village at this time is beyond words.
“We’re already so tender in the community that we have to reach out to each other, put our arms around each other, and be as kind as we can be,” he added.
Michael Riggle, Superintendent of Glenbrook High School District 225 said that counselors and social workers will be available today and through the remainder of the week at both Glenbrdook N oath and Glenbrook South High Schools.
“This is an extremely difficult time for the family, many of our youth in Northbrook and our staff,” he said. “If anyone is in need of assistance or has concerns for someone else, please do not hesitate to call. Please keep the Caraher family in your thoughts and prayers.”