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Wisconsin couple killed in car crash leave behind 5 kids

A southeastern Wisconsin couple killed in an early morning crash Friday left behind five children ranging in age from 16 months to 13.

The couple was identified by a family member as Joshua Griebel, 37, and his wife, Monica, 38, of Colgate. They died about 2:30 a.m. Friday in a single-car crash not far from their home on Highway 164 just north of Highway Q in Richfield, in Washington County.

The children were being cared for Saturday by family members. Germantown School Superintendent Jeff Holmes said four of the five children attend his district and that officials there would make counselors and social workers available to students — who have been on spring break — when they return Monday.

"It is certainly a tragedy," said Holmes. "But Germantown is a very strong community, and it is very good about taking care of its own in situations like this."

The Griebels attended CrossWay Church in Germantown.

Friday's crash was the second in less than two years involving Germantown-area residents whose deaths left a home full of children without their parents.

Robert and Becki Lubow of Germantown died in July 2012 after a motorcycle crash in Slinger, leaving behind three children ages 6 to 17. Since then, several fundraisers have been held to help support the children.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the Friday crash. The couple's car was northbound when it crossed the centerline, entered a ditch, hit a culvert, went airborne and hit a utility pole before landing upside down, according to the Washington County sheriff's office.

Joshua Griebel was thrown from the vehicle, and Monica Griebel was pinned inside. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

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