UPDATE: Alcohol a Factor in Fatal Crash, Police Say; Family Says Mechanical Failure a Possibility

Kayla Corona, 18, crashed her vehicle into a utility pole along Henneberry Drive in Muskego early Saturday morning, and while police to believe the teenager had been drinking, family members also say there was a mechanical problem.

Editor's note: this article has been updated to reflect additional comments from the family of Kayla Corona

As Muskego police continue to release details from the crash that killed Kayla Corona, an 18-year-old Muskego High School graduate, early reports from the department state that it's likely alcohol played a factor in the crash.

Lt. Dave Constantineau told Muskego Patch that interviews collected from people who were with Corona indicated that she had been drinking prior to the accident. Toxicology reports are still pending, but Constantineau hoped they would be returned sooner than later to help close the case.

Kayla's father, Tom Corona, however, told Muskego Patch that family members feel there was also something wrong with the vehicle.

"She was driving a 2002 Saturn, and some of the first responders on scene and others who are mechanically inclined said that the right rear passenger assembly 'came off,' causing the vehicle to lose control."

Corona said while he accepts that his daughter may have been drinking prior to the accident, he didn't want people to think it was the only factor.

"She was a beautiful person, a beautiful girl, and this... sucks. She had been studying nursing at WCTC. In fact, she was set to go back Tuesday," he said.

Shortly after 1 a.m. on Saturday, Muskego police and Tess Corners Fire Department personnel responded to the report of the single-vehicle accident in the W20300 block of Henneberry Drive. 

Corona was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated, but was reportedly conscious at the scene. She was taken to Froedtert Hospital, where she died from her injuries. 

In the meantime, funeral arrangements are pending with Church and Chapel funeral home, which indicated that services will likely be held on Thursday at their Waukesha chapel, 380 Blue Mound Road.

Gregory Kluck January 22, 2013 at 11:25 PM
My condolences to Kayla's friends and family.
Mara Hanson January 23, 2013 at 03:13 AM
I am so very sorry for your great loss Corona family.May God keep you and surround you with His mighty love.
MuskegoConcerned123 January 23, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Where are the drunk driving advocates to express their anger about the loss of this 18 year old girl. Somehow they are all over all drinking in any form but this is without a doubt the greatest example of abusive drinking in recent history that should garner the attention of the people against drinking and driving.
Concerned Citizen January 23, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Perhaps the advocates are waiting for toxicology reports to come out, as in my opinion the police should have done before reporting what they heard. Or perhaps the advocates are not adding insult to injury to this poor family and allowing them to grieve as they need to without comments from people that are speculating. As Kayla's parents said, they aren't disputing it may have been a factor, but none of us know what caused this tragic accident. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Clare Mlachnik January 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM
I agree 100% with concerned citizen. The police should have waited and not speculated. Kayla was a wonderful young lady, Period. None of this matters. Its tragic. Prayers of peace for the family. Love
Muskego graduate January 25, 2013 at 06:09 AM
It's a sad loss and my condolences go to her friends and family she will be very missed no one should remember her for the accident they should remember her for who she was, she was a nice sweet young girl and this should definitely be an example to all teenagers not to drink and drive if that is what caused it , but to agree with an above comment it seems that yes they say not to drink and drive but there is no one really stopping them from it teenagers need to use their heads and think before they act this is not against her or anything it was an accident that could happen to any teenager and this a tragic accident no matter what caused it.
Janet January 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM
To those of you that have expressed your condolences to my family, thank you so much. For those of you judging, please stop. This was my cousin's only daughter, only child. I saw Kayla's car in person when I went with other family members to gather her belongings. There was a definite mechanical issue with the car. She may have had a few drinks with friends, and that was not right. However, noone could have controlled the vehicle, whether they had been drinking or not, with the damage I saw to the rear passenger tire of the vehicle. I wish that no person would drink and drive. I truly hope that this was not a factor in this horrific accident. Knowing will not change anything for my family that has been devasted beyond words by this tragedy. A beautiful, loving child has been taken from us. Our family will never be the same again. I pray that you focus your thoughts and energy on praying for strength for our family to somehow get through this.


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