Okemos Mourns Death of Three Teens

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

"My daughter planned to graduate from the University of Michigan, I wanted to see her get married, I wanted her to live a happy life," Holly Comstock said Monday.

But those plans Holly Comstock had for her daughter Heather will never be realized.

Heather, her boyfriend Matthew Kolstoe, and her friends, Sarina Seger and Humphrey Peterson-Jones, all 2010 graduates of Okemos High School, were coming back from a weekend with friends in Ann Arbor Sunday when something went terribly wrong.

"I started texting her at 3 p.m., and I just knew something wasn't right," Comstock said. "I kept texting, she's at that age, she doesn't have to tell me where she is, but that's abnormal. She always told me where she was going to be and when."

Around 3:30 p.m. police said the Prius the teens were riding in crossed the center line on US-23 and crashed head on into an oncoming SUV, killing five including two in the other car.

Petersen-Jones was airlifted from the scene to University of Michigan hospital where he's still in critical condition.

Comstock didn't hear the news about her only daughter until much later.

"Josh finally got a call from the police in Meridian Township and they told us she had been killed," Comstock said.

Her mom said Heather was a 4.0 student, and accomplished soccer player, friends of the other teens told News Ten via email much of the same -- that all of them had much more to live for.

Many friends took to Facebook Monday to express their sorrow over the accident, Comstock said she hasn't been able to look, just yet.

"You wish you could go back to Friday and make the clock stop and change things," she said. "I'll never hug her again."

Grief counselors are available to any Okemos student who needs them. The Deputy Superintendent told us they hope to have a memorial service for all the victims once they speak with the families.

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  • by lansing on Oct 14, 2010 at 06:24 AM
    james, true. but even if texting was read and not replyed to, still aganist the law IF she was driving. My second comment (that was posted) was in response to my first posted not being posted, It seems like there was something to hide, but I'm sure the police will be checking phone records, especially since MOTHER admits she was texting over and over. And besides that, i see TEENS texting and driving all time, as well as my husband see this all the time, as these young teens pass him (he's a trucker of 40 years, NO TICKETS NOR ACCIDENTS) on the highway flyin' at 70 - 80 miles per hour. He also came upon this accident with in minutes of it happening, he see this all time. Oh, by the way, to answer the unasked question, NO he has no cell phone. best wishes.
  • by James Location: Lansing on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:30 AM
    Lansing; Nowhere in the article does it say the daughter texted her mother back. If the daughter was texting her mother back, then your theory would probably hold water. My guess is that the driver was impaired, or the car had a malfunction.. But unfortunately it's just a guess, since WILX has neglected to ask the police what they think was the cause of the accident. Instead, WILX would rather report on the emotional aspects of the accident rather then get facts about what really happened. It appears that reporting on the pain and anguish of family members of the lost loved ones, is much easier and a bigger money maker for WILX.. If WILX is going to have a forums on this website, and comments do not violate the terms and standards of this forum, how come WILX often neglects to post those comments? Hopefully the person responsible for allowing comments to be posted, is not letting their personal feelings get in the way of our right to post. If they are, I can smell a lawsuit.
  • by lansing on Oct 12, 2010 at 09:44 PM
    must be there is something to hide, i posted my comment on monday and it still hasnt been posted. seems to me maybe i was on the right track, maybe heather comstock was driving and momma was texting her over and over. I'm sure the michigan law banning texting while driving will an issue.
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