Amber Levenhagen

Amber Levenhagen

The person involved in a crash Aug. 9 on Interstate 94 near Lake Mills has died.

Amber Levenhagen, 25, a reporter for Unified Newspaper Group was fatally injured in the multi-vehicle crash near mile marker 258 around 11:30 a.m. According to the Unified Newspaper Group, she was returning home to Madison from Oconomowoc at the time of the crash.

Levenhagen joined Unified Newspaper Group in October 2016 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

“To her colleagues, she was a newsroom leader who held herself and others to high standards and did so with grace and good humor. She viewed it as her personal responsibility to ensure the quality of our newspapers,” the newspaper wrote.

She was recently promoted to covering city government for the newspaper group and was excelling at the work, her colleagues wrote.

Levenhagen was named a Future Headliner by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association in 2018, one of five reporters under the age of 30 across the state chosen as an emerging leader in the industry.

The preliminary investigation determined that a 2012 Freightliner truck was slowing for a traffic backup when it was rear-ended by a 2019 Honda Fit.

The Fit was driven by Levenhagen, who was extricated by the Lake Mills Fire Department before being transported by a MedFlight helicopter to a hospital, where she died.

Speed and inattentive driving appear to be factors in the crash, the State Patrol said.

Levenhagen donated her organs, which will help up to 75 people.

A celebration of life is set for Saturday, Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Olson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1132 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan. Friends may call starting at 10 a.m.

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