A 15-year-old freshman at Whitnall High School died over the weekend, after being hit by a car at one of a half-dozen road crossings on the New Berlin Recreation Trail between Greenfield Park and Waukesha.
The victim, Brittany Barnstable, 15, was bicycling on the popular paved path about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to media reports. She was hit while crossing Sunnyslope Rd., near the east end of the seven-mile trail. Stop signs are posted on the trail at the road crossing, and caution signs warn motorists to watch for trail users at that location.
The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the fatality, the second involving a bicyclist in Wisconsin this year.
Barnstable played on the Whitnall High School freshman soccer team and her squad held a 15-second moment of silence before a game in South Milwaukee on Monday night. Her grandparents described her as bubbly and determined, in an interview with WTMJ-TV. They also encouraged others to wear helmets while bicycling, although it was not certain that a helmet would have saved her life in the crash with an SUV.