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Arrest Made in Fatal Brown County Wreck

An arrest has been made in connection with a November wreck that claimed the life of a Hiawatha teenager.

According to a release from Brown County Sheriff John Merchant, 26-year-old Hiawatha resident Kyle White was arrested Friday. He was taken into custody on a Brown County warrant for unlawfully hosting minors and eight counts of furnishing alcoholic liquor to a minor.

The release says the investigation that led to White’s arrest began immediately after the fatal wreck that occurred around midnight November 17 at the intersection of U.S. 36 Highway and Horned Owl Road, west of Hiawatha.

Killed in the wreck was 16-year-old Ian Miller, who was a passenger in a Toyota Corolla driven by 17-year-old Andrew Kreek. The Patrol reports Kreek was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed on Horned Owl Road when he lost control of his car.

Along with Kreek, three other Hiawatha teens also suffered injuries in the crash.

The investigation that led to White’s arrest was conducted by the Sheriff’s Office andthe Brown County Attorney’s office.

County Attorney Kevin Hill told MSC News the allegations in the complaint are that White played a role in illegally hosting minors involved in underaged drinking, including those involved in the wreck.

Following his arrest, White was booked into the Brown County Jail.

Brian Hagen with MSC News contributed this report.


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