Support surprises accident victims

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

A July 16 car accident in the Town of Belgium didn’t take any of a Cedar Grove family members’ lives, but they won’t ever be the same.

After a driver didn’t stop for a stop sign at Highway LL and Jay Road, he struck a van carrying Dan Kruschke, his wife Shawna and their teenage son Chase. They all got helicopter rides to area hospitals.

Dan hopes to return to his job as a pressman by the end of November after his hip heals.

Shawna sustained serious leg and arm injuries. She had two surgeries and needs more. She hopes to return to work by the end of the year, Dan said on Wednesday.

Chase had a hip injury and deep lacerations and is healing well, Dan said.

He and Chase attended Sunday’s Packer Tailgate Party at Buechler Farms in Belgium to raise money for the family. More than $11,000 came in.

“It’s a little overwhelming. There have been people bringing meals, people we don’t even know bringing donations,” Dan said.

“I’ll never ever regret living in a small community. It’s inspiring.”

Dan is a member of the Cedar Grove Fire Department, which built a ramp for Shawna when she came home from the hospital in a wheelchair. She has since learned to walk again.

“We’re not going to be able to thank everybody,” Dan said.

“We’ve seen the good side of humanity, and it’s inspiring. We were truly blessed to have the friends we have.”

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