WISCONSIN, WI – On the night of New Year’s Eve, 19-year-old Taya Grimes was tragically killed in a car crash while driving her four friends home. She was subsequently struck and dragged by another vehicle, reportedly driven by a friend.
According to reports, the initial accident occurred when Grimes’ vehicle hit a culvert and rolled over several times on US Highway 45, ejecting Grimes and three of her four passengers.
In a devastating turn of events, after being thrown onto the highway, Grimes was struck by a car driven by a 19-year-old male acquaintance. Unbeknownst to the driver, Grimes was caught on the vehicle and dragged for approximately three miles before Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered her body using thermal imaging equipment.
Authorities suspect alcohol contributed to the initial crash. The second driver, who abandoned the accident scene before deputies arrived, has since been apprehended and now faces hit-and-run charges resulting in death.
Alongside Grimes, a 17-year-old male passenger sustained critical injuries. The two other passengers, aged 16 and 21, were also seriously injured. They are currently receiving treatment at local hospitals. Another 17-year-old passenger was also transported to a hospital for minor wounds.
To alleviate funeral and cremation expenses, the Grimes family has set up an online fundraiser. Tj Grimes, Taya’s sister, fondly remembered her in the fundraising appeal.