SULLIVAN TWP., Mich. - A 10-year-old girl has died in a two-car crash in Muskegon County Thursday morning, on her way to school in the car with her two siblings.
The three students involved have been identified as the Kubasiak family, and the two high school siblings remain hospitalized in critical condition, according to Ravenna Public Schools Superintendent John VanLoon. The family's church St. Catherine in Ravenna has set up a fund to help with medical and expenses for the family: donations can be labeled Kubasiak Memorial and taken to all Choice One branches.
The crash happened around 7:20am Thursday in front of the Muskegon County Fairgrounds, on Heights Ravenna Road near Wolf Lake Road in Sullivan Township. The fifth grader was with her siblings, a high school senior and sophomore, VanLoon said.
“We’re very saddened, and we’re dealing with this entire crisis and this tragic event as best we can," said VanLoon.
Michigan State Police at the scene told FOX 17 that an 18-year-old was driving a vehicle east on Heights Ravenna Road, with the 10-year-old girl in the back seat, who was not wearing her seat belt, and her sibling in the passenger seat. The 18-year-old was trying to pass when they struck another vehicle heading west.
The driver of the westbound vehicle has also been taken to the hospital and later released. Police said that the roads were slippery this morning.
VanLoon told FOX 17 grief counselors are working with students at the schools, and said this is a tragedy that affects the entire community.
“We’re a very small community, very tight-knit," said VanLoon. "It’s very much of an impact on the entire community because we’re not a very large community, everybody knows everybody here.”
Grief counselors will continue to be available for students in the days ahead VanLoon said.