UPDATE: Fatal Traffic Crash

To: Media
From: Green Lake County Sheriff's Department
Re/Event: Fatal Traffic Crash
Date/Time of Incident: Saturday, September 5th, 2015 at approximately 1:45 am
Address: Sth 23 at S. Lawson Dr, Town of Brooklyn, Green lake County, WI
Date of Release: 09/05/15
Release #: 2-2

Fatal Victim:  Female, Age 20, of Kenosha, WI

Injured Occupants:  Female, Age 13, of Princeton, WI
                               Male, Age 21, of Kenosha, WI
                               Female, Age 20, of Princeton, WI



The names of the one deceased and three other injured in Saturday's traffic crash are listed below:

1) Lyndsey Minikel, Female, Age: 20, Princeton, WI. / Injured
2) *Juvenile*, Female, Age: 13, Princeton, WI. / Injured
3) Jonathan Beale, Male, Age: 21, Kenosha, WI. / Injured
4) Tehra Kless, Female, Age: 20, Kenosha, WI. / Deceased

Ms. Tehra Kless, deceased, has been identified as the operator of the fatal crash vehicle. The medical condition of the other three occupants is not known, however, their injuries at the scene were not life threatening.

The cause of the crash is not yet known. This traffic crash remains under investigation by the Green Lake County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Green Lake County Coroners Office.


On Saturday, September 5th, 2015, at approximately 1:45am, the Green Lake County Sheriff's Office E911 Center recieved an emergency call of a traffic crash on Sth.23 in the Township of Brooklyn. A City of Green Lake Police Officer arrived at 1:48am followed by a Sheriff's Deputy and other emergency responders. The single vehicle crash was located just west of the City of Green Lake.

Law enforcement officers arriving on the scene discovered a single vehicle crash with four total victims. Two victims were from Princeton and two from Kenosha. One victim was seriously injured and was transported by helicopter to a local hosiptal. The female victim flown by helicopter, from Kenosha, Wisconsin, later died. The other occupants are expected to survive their injuries.

Initial observations are that a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer was traveling East on Sth.23 at South Lawson Drive when control of the vechicle was lost causing the Blazer to cross the west-bound lane of traffic and enter the North ditch. The vehicle overturned crushing the roof. The exact cause of the crash has yet to be determined.

This incident was responded to by the City of Green Lake Police, Green Lake County Sheriff's Office, Green Lake/Brooklyn Fire Department, Green Lake EMS/Paramedic Unit, Green Lake/Brooklyn First Responders, Green Lake County Coroner and District Attorney, and the Wisconsin State Patrol Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit.

This case remains under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol, Green Lake County Sheriff's Office, and Green Lake County Coroners Office.

The names of the fatal victim and injured will be released after notice to family and relatives.

Release Prepared by: Mark P. Putzke
                                 Chief Deputy Sheriff
                                 Green Lake County
Sheriff's Office    


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