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16-year-old dies in Green County crash

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Gary Mays/The Monroe Times
August 31, 2011
— Family, friends and classmates here are mourning the death of 16-year-old Alex P. Troxler, who was killed in a fiery, two-car crash just after 8 p.m. Monday in Green County.

"Alex was one of the most compassionate guys I ever met, and I was proud to call him my brother," said his sister, Victoria, 19. "He'd go out of his way to help anybody."


The crash, reported at 8:06 p.m., happened at W700 Yarrows Road, west of Benson Road, in Brooklyn Township. A Green County Sheriff's Office statement indicates that a westbound vehicle slid, apparently into the other lane, and impacted an eastbound SUV, driven by Scott J. Rosonke, 39, Evansville.


The crash ignited a fire, which was extinguished by responding fire crews.


The driver of the westbound vehicle was Troxler. However, Green County Sheriff Jeff Skatrud said late Tuesday his department would not release an official identification of the victim pending an autopsy, scheduled for today.


Police are investigating and have not released information related to how the car might have initially lost control and struck Rosonke's SUV.


Rosonke, meanwhile, was transported Monday night to Madison's UW Hospital by Evansville EMS for non-life threatening injuries. His current condition is unknown.


A Madison native, Troxler was active at New Glarus High School, where he sang in the choir, ran cross country and played other sports. He was scheduled to run in Tuesday's season-opening Bruess Invitational at Monroe's Twining Park.


Prior to the meet, players and other students met with counselors at New Glarus High School. They decided to proceed with the race.


"I think they all had their own feelings about running the race today," said New Glarus coach Steve Wehrley. "I know they are thinking about him the whole time, and we will be thinking about him the whole season."


Troxler also had an artistic side, and cared deeply about his community, said Victoria Troxler.


Alex played many roles in New Glarus' celebrated Wilhelm Tell Play, serving most recently as an understudy to his own grandfather, Dean.


The incident marks Green County's eighth traffic fatality of 2011, Skatrud said.


Times sports reporter Mark Nesbitt and reporter Holly Garey contributed to this report.

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