Why Did Whitney Radder Lose Her Life?
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    Update, with photos: Woman killed in crash on U.S. 41 near Shawano Avenue

    Press-Gazette • April 20, 2010
    Northbound lanes of U.S. 41 are open after a crash on U.S. 41 at Shawano Avenue this afternoon closed the highway north to Velp Avenue.

    According to a Brown County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, at about 3:30 p.m., a southbound trailer being pulled by an SUV became unhitched and crossed the median, hitting a vehicle in the northbound lane.

    A 19-year-old woman driving the northbound vehicle died in the crash, according to police.

    A detour routed traffic off U.S. 41, and the northbound on-ramp from Mason Street was closed. Authorities opened the highway at 7:43 p.m.

    Victim of freak U.S. 41 crash Whitney Radder hoped to devote life to teaching

    Radder was driving back to UWGB after assignment

    By Scott Williams • swilliams@greenbaypressgazette.com • April 22, 2010

    HOWARD — A college freshman killed Tuesday in a bizarre traffic accident spent her final hours in the place where she had hoped to devote her entire career: a classroom.

    Whitney Radder, 19, an aspiring teacher who attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, was killed returning to campus from a student-teaching assignment on Green Bay's west side.

    Radder was pronounced dead at 4 p.m. along U.S. 41 where, according to police, a trailer broke loose from a passing pickup and slammed into her car.

    Jason Gibbs, a fellow student at UWGB, said he and Radder had just parted ways following a two-hour teaching assignment at Franklin Middle School, 1234 W. Mason St.

    Gibbs said that while he usually took side roads back to UWGB, Radder insisted on using U.S. 41 and sometimes complained later about the heavy traffic. He said he was shocked to learn Tuesday night that she was killed on the highway.

    "It still hasn't sunk in," he said.

    Wisconsin State Patrol officials on Wednesday continued to investigate the incident. They identified the driver of the truck that lost its trailer as James D. McDermid, 59, of Abrams, but released no other new details about how the fatal wreck happened.

    Evidence shows that the trailer's safety chains were attached to the pickup at some time, and it's unknown how it came off, State Patrol Sgt. John Jones said.

    McDermid could possibly be issued with traffic citations, but it is too early to know if he could face criminal charges, Jones said. The investigation will likely take two months.

    For those who knew Radder, her death snuffed out a promising young life that had been dedicated to teaching children.

    Radder, the youngest of three in her family, graduated from Kiel High School last year as valedictorian.

    Kiel High School principal Dario Talerico said she not only excelled in academics and athletics, she also mentored freshmen and belonged to a group that worked with elementary school students. Radder knew early in life that she wanted to pursue a career in education, Talerico said.

    "She was just a wonderful, wonderful young lady," he said. "She had so much potential to offer."

    In addition to becoming valedictorian, Radder was known at Kiel High School for playing basketball, soccer and tennis, performing in the honors band, serving on student council and being elected to the homecoming court.

    At UWGB, she had emerged as a promising student, despite being only a freshman.

    Kim Desotell, a staff member in the college's education department, said Radder displayed a keen knack for connecting with 6th- and 7th-graders at Franklin Middle School. She started student-teaching there in February.

    Desotell said she saw tremendous potential in Radder as a future teacher.

    "The tragedy is incomprehensible," she said of the accident. "She was full of life."

    Friends and classmates at UWGB are planning a campus memorial next week. Plans also are in the works to establish a yearly award for education students in Radder's memory.

    Gibbs said he will return with a heavy heart today to the same Franklin Middle School classrooms where he and Radder worked side by side.
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