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Driver not to blame for fatal ATV crash that killed two Oshkosh girls


Mesa Fredenhagen, 11, and Kennedi Harris, 7, died when they were riding an all-terrain vehicle on Bonnie View Road near State 44 when it collided with an SUV on June 11.

OSHKOSH – No charges will be filed against the driver of the vehicle that caused the accidental deaths of two Oshkosh girls in a fatal ATV crash last month.

Winnebago County Sheriff John Matz stated during last week’s Justice and Safety Committee meeting that the colliding vehicle was not responsible for the accident that killed 11-year-old Mesa Fredenhagen and 7-year-old Kennedi Harris.

The two girls were riding in an all-terrain vehicle that collided with an SUV on Bonnie View Road near State 44 on June 11.

The driver of the vehicle, a 43-year-old woman from Oshkosh, and her 13-year-old son immediately called 911 and provided first aid.

The accident report supports Matz’s statement and states that the driver made “no contribution” to the cause of the accident.

A GoFundMe page titled “In Loving Memory of Mesa Fredenhagen” exceeded its $20,000 goal, raising $26,515 as of Tuesday evening.

Related: GoFundMe pages created for families of Oshkosh girls killed in ATV accident

“Mesa was a shining example to her family and friends,” the site said.

“She was lively, silly, strong-willed and beautiful. She loved horses, painting, reading and being with her favorite people. Mesa had just turned 11 and was enjoying the start of her summer vacation.”

Kennedi Harris’ family has raised $19,674 through their “Support Allex and Cody During This Tragic Time” page.

“Kennedi was smart, funny, caring, compassionate and silly,” the site said.

“She lived her life to the fullest and was the adventurous little girl she was when she died.”

Contact Justin Marville at [email protected].