The identities of a motorcycle driver and passenger who died as a result of a crash Sunday in Wheatland have been released by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.
The driver of the motorcycle was David A. Novaez, 48. The passenger on the motorcycle was Kristin Novaez, 36. The married couple were residents of Wheatland.
At about 2:50 p.m., Sunday, sheriff’s deputies and fire and rescue personnel responded to a report of crash at the intersection of Highway P (400th Avenue) at 396th Avenue in Wheatland. A Chevy Blazer pulled out from the stop sign at Highway P into the path of a the motorcycle, which was northbound on Highway P, said Sgt. Bill Beth, Sheriff’s Department spokesman.
Mr. Novaez died immediately. Mrs. Novaez did survive for some time before dying.
The driver of the Chevy Blazer was Ralph Johnson, 20, of Wheatland. There is no suspicion of alcohol or other drug use by Johnson, Beth said. Johnson did submit to a legal blood test in order to show that he had not been consuming alcohol or drugs.
Johnson was cited for Failure to Yield Right of Way Causing Death and Failure to Yield Right of Way Causing Injury. The second citation will be updated to Failure to Yield Right of Way Causing Death, due to the death of Mrs. Novaez, Beth said.
David Novaez was a teacher at Central High School in Paddock Lake. He was the keynote speaker at last year’s Central High School Veteran’s Day ceremony. Video of some of the speech can be seen here.
UPDATE 10:07 a.m. — Central High School administration issued the following statement:
We are saddened by the news of the loss of one of our Central High School family members, Mr. David Novaez, German Teacher. Mr. Novaez was killed in a motorcycle accident yesterday afternoon in western Kenosha County. Tragically, his wife Kristen, who was a passenger on the motorcycle, ultimately succumbed to her injuries. Kristin Novaez was a choral teacher at Union Grove High School. Mr. Novaez was employed with the Central High School District beginning in the fall of 2007. His teaching assignment at the time of his death was German Instructor for German I, II, III, IV and V. Mr. Novaez also served as a resource for Limited English speaking (LEP) students. Mr. Novaez supported the students in his non-classroom time as a forensics coach and class advisor. No information is yet available on services for Mr. and Mrs. Novaez. Our hearts and prayers are extended to the family members of Mr. Dave and Kristen Novaez and their family at this very tragic time.”
Union Grove High School also addressed the Navaez’s death on their website’s homepage.