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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