RHINELANDER - Broken trees and remains of a car still sit on the side of a rural road. That's where a teen known as a son, a friend, and a brother died in a car accident over the weekend.
A makeshift memorial of flowers stands where 17-year-old Michael Wanty lost his life Saturday night.
Michael's family stood near those flowers Monday. His parents told us off camera that they hope others can learn from their son's death.
Late Saturday night, Michael went for a drive, but didn't return. Police found his overturned car in a ditch near Highway C and Tenderfoot Road east of Rhinelander.
The Oneida County Sheriff's Office thinks Michael went off the road, over-corrected, and crashed into several trees.
14-year-old Alycia Madl has known Michael since she was in first grade.
"He's a really great person to be around and he's really nice and he's kind of, like, really caring," said Madl.
A GoFundMe page for Michael's family says he enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and motocross.
Police haven't yet said if Michael was speeding, but Madl says his death makes her more conscious of road safety.
"Just kind of like the incident that happened with him. To, like, drive safe and just be careful on the road," said Madl.
Other friends and classmates have also come forward to remember Michael's life. Sunday night, a few of Michael's friends went to the crash site and prayed for their friend.
Donations made to the Michael Wanty Memorial GoFundMe page will help with any expenses the family will have to face.
Here's a link to the site: https://www.gofundme.com/michael-wanty-memorial-2vpdq884?ssid=781917101&pos=1