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Friends recall Kevin Green as hardworking, loyal

Published: Monday, June 17, 2013 9:39 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:05 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Those close to Kevin Green recalled his work ethic, fun-loving spirit and fierce loyalty to his friends and teammates Monday, two days after the Marian Central grad, 22, died following a one-car accident in Walworth, Wis.

Two other individuals were in the car – Daniel P. Consolo, 24, of Woodstock, and Adam Szudarski, 21, of Wonder Lake. Both were taken to hospitals with severe injuries, according to a news release from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, and were believed to have since been released. A fourth, Adam’s twin brother Ryan Szudarski, of Wonder Lake, suffered no injuries in the accident, which police responded to at 7:44 a.m. Saturday.

Consolo, who police say was driving when the car struck a tree in Walworth, has been charged with operating while intoxicated – homicide and causing injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.

Green, a multi-sport athlete in high school, had graduated in May from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he’d served as the football team’s student manager. He was living in Fontana, Wis.

“He always – I mean always – had his brothers in mind,” said Steve Spoden, who was Green’s offensive line coach at Marian.

Steve Otten, whose son, Zach, had been close friends with Green since grade school, said Green was a hard worker who was well respected by his peers, but loved to have fun.

Otten coached Green on several little league baseball and basketball teams as he grew up.

“It was a privilege to have known him as a child, watch him grow up, coach him and become an adult friend with him,” Otten said. “I loved him and will miss him.”

Adam Szudarski was admitted to a McHenry County Hospital after the accident, according to the release from the Walworth Sheriff. Representatives from Centegra - McHenry and Centegra - Woodstock said Monday evening that nobody under that name was at the respective hospitals.

Trauma centers surrounding Walworth said the same about Consolo, who was taken with severe injuries to a hospital in Wisconsin, according to the release.

Spoden said Monday he believed the two had been treated and released.

“They had some bangs and bruises,” he said.

Spoden urged others to learn from the accident.

“Honor him by making wiser decisions,” he said. “Boys will be boys. They’re going to make stupid decisions. ... Unfortunately, Kevin had to pay the ultimate price for it.”

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