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No charges yet in death of four Dubuque County boys

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These four 14-year-old boys died in a Dubuque County crash in early August These four 14-year-old boys died in a Dubuque County crash in early August
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The Dubuque County prosecutor says the crash that killed four 14-year-old boys earlier this month is still under investigation and no charges have been filed yet.

On the afternoon of Sat. Aug. 2, according to the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office, 24-year-old Joe Connolly was driving a diesel pickup truck hauling a horse trailer, which was carrying three horses at the time. He was heading south on Hartbecke Road, just south US Highway 20 between Farley and Epworth, when he failed to stop at the East Pleasant Grove Road intersection's stop sign.

He then hit a Gator utility vehicle, which was carrying four 14-year-old boys and traveling east on East Pleasant Grove Road. All four of the boys died, and Connolly's two passengers -- 25-year-old Joe Lucas and 21-year-old Elissa Ericson -- were injured. One of the horses in the trailer also died.

The boys were Bryce Wilwert, Sean Kenneally, Nicholas Kramer and Mitchell Kluesner. They would have been freshmen this year at Western Dubuque High School.

KWWL called Dubuque County prosecutor Ralph Potter on Monday for an update. Potter told KWWL to check back, as no charges have been filed yet in this ongoing investigation.

The Western Dubuque School District is helping to facilitate the formation of a community-based committee called THRIVE to help organize avenues for counseling and support in the wake of this and any future tragedies. THRIVE stands for Trust, High Expectations, Resiliency, Investing, Vision and Enrichment.

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