Three young lives were lost late Monday night, but the memories of those who died will not soon be forgotten.
"It's sad to hear someone so young having someone happen like that," said Isaac Miller, the uncle of the 23-year-old Port Washington victim, Stephen Miller.
Stephen Miller along with Jayme Ceplina, 21, of West Bend, and Nicholas Snow, 25, of Germantown all passed away after a single-vehicle crash near the intersection of Hawthorne Road and County Highway I in the town of Saukville. Ceplina and Miller were prounounced dead at the scene. The driver, Snow, died as a result of his injuries the day after the crash.
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Isaac Miller is only a year older than Stephen and said the two were very close growing up. Isaac lives in Medford now and said he and Stephen had drifted apart as they grew older. He recalled a camping trip to South Dakota with Stephen, and remembered his nephew as the adventerous type, adding that he was big into sports in his youth.
"He was always adventurous, always trying to push his limits to see how far he could get by doing something," Isaac said.
"He was outgoing and just was cheerful. He would help anybody. He was a smart man, just very energetic," Stephen's friend, Jeff, told TODAY'S TMJ4. "He loved life."
Donna Ceplina, Jayme Ceplina's mom, told Fox6now.com that the group had been at her house the night of the accident, and had been drinking — though "none of them seemed drunk when they left the house around 9:30 p.m."
"I attended the same church Jayme went to for several years," Ben Frazer told Patch in an e-mail. "I didn't know her that well, but being a former Marine myself I was very pleased to hear she was joining the Corps. I was even more pleased when I found out she passed boot camp and was doing great serving our country. My heart and prayers go out to all the family members. We will all miss Jayme. Semper Fidelis."
Ceplina had just finished serving time in the Marines, according to 620WTMJ.com.
If you knew Stephen Miller, Jayme Ceplina or Nicholas Snow — feel free to share your memories in their honor in the comments below.