GREEN OAK TWP., Mich (WXYZ) - Facebook is flooded with messages of support and sympathy for three teenagers who were killed in Sunday's horrific crash on US-23 in Livingston County. A fourth teen is in critical condition at U of M Hospital.
The teens who were killed are identified as 18-year-old Matthew Kolstoe of Okemos, his girlfriend Heather Comstock, also of Okemos, and 18-year-old Sarina Seger of Williamston. The fourth teenager, Humphrey Petersen-Jones, is in critical condition.
Investigators say the teens were in a Toyota Prius heading north when their car crossed the median and hit a southbound Chevy Trailblazer head on. The Prius then rolled multiple times. A witness says the car was so badly damaged that it looked like a piece of "tinfoil."
The teens were on their way home from Ann Arbor. They spent the night there following the UM-MSU football game.
The Chevy Trailblazer was being driven by a couple from Fremont, Ohio, who were with their three grandchildren. Both adults were killed. They are 62-year-old Cynthia Skutt and 56-year-old Alfred King. Police say they were not wearing seatbelts. The three children were seriously injured in the crash. They are recovering at UM Hospital.
When rescue crews arrived on the scene most of the accident victims were trapped in their vehicles. They were cut out using the jaws of life.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
The Skutt and King families released the following statement:
The Skutt and King families would like to thank all the people who came to the aid of our loved ones during the accident that took place on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. We would specifically like to thank the fire fighters, paramedics, police and bystanders who put their lives at risk to help rescue our parents Cynthia Skutt and Alfred T. King and our three children – Meadow Skutt, 3, Quentin Skutt, 4 and Dominic Cook, 10. We would also like to thank the staff at U-M’s Mott Children’s Hospital for caring for our children.
We mourn the loss of our parents Cynthia Skutt and Alfred T. King, who lost their lives. They loved their grandchildren, children and friends. They were family people who loved to take care of all of their grandchildren, the most important people in their lives. This is a tragedy for our family and for all the other families involved. Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones. We feel and share your pain during this difficult time.
Dominic has been released from the hospital and is doing well. Meadow and Quentin are stable and will survive.
We would like to thank those community members who have called to offer help and would like to share information on a fund that has been set up to help with funeral and medical costs.
We have set up a fund for those who wish to send contributions, which can be made at any Fifth Third Bank to the Cynthia J. Skutt and Alfred T. King Memorial Fund.
Funeral arrangements are being made at the Herman-Kinn Funeral Home in Fremont, Ohio.
We appreciate everyone’s love and comforting words at this difficult time.
The Skutt and King families
The Petersen-Jones family released the following statement:
We are devastated by the losses that occurred in Sunday’s accident. Our hearts go out to all of the families who lost loved ones.
We would like to thank all of our friends and the area community for providing us with so much support. We are also very grateful to the team who has cared for Humphrey. The Trauma Burn Unit at UM has provided amazing care, communication, and support, not just for Humphrey but for our family and friends. Despite suffering multiple serious injuries, Humphrey is slowly recovering. Our other children, Jessica, 12, Duncan, 16, have been at Humphrey’s bedside and brother Duncan will speak at a memorial at Okemos High School for those who were lost. Humphrey's girlfriend, Emily Mata, has also been at his bedside.
We appreciate everyone’s kindness and caring during this difficult time. Hopefully Humphrey will be able to receive visitors in a week or so.
The Petersen-Jones Family
Copyright (c) 2010 The E.W. Scripps Company
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