Two Teens Killed in Car Crash

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

Nearly one hundred friends and family are visiting the hospital and the scene where 17-year-old Holly Bossenberry and 18-year-old Taylyr Cochran were killed in the crash.

"She was a beautiful dancer, a really strong person, just a great person. She will be missed," said Jade Harman, a friend of victim Holly Bossenberry.

One high school senior who didn't want to speak on camera said his friend asked if he could follow him, driving home from a party. The friend was the first to call 911 after he watched his five friends spin off the road.

Four high school seniors and one graduate were driving southbound on Hagadorn Road when their car lost control. The car hit two trees on the opposite side of the road. Police are considering alcohol may have been a factor in the crash and other elements put these teens at risk.

"Teens are more likely to get in an accident when more people are in the car. They are more likely to get in an accident also when they are driving at night," said Sgt. Don Lound of the Meridian Township Police Department.

After a night at the Winterfest dance, Holt High School students learned through text messages and Facebook what happened to their friends.

"The ones that weren't wearing seatbelts were ejected from the car. Nothing serious happened to the other two," said Holt High School junior Katie Daoust.

The driver was arrested by Meridian Township Police and is being held at the Ingham County Jail. The two other surviving passengers are still at Sparrow Hospital. Students say one has minor bruises and the other remains in the Intesive Care Unit.

"He is the light of the room. He is really a great guy. I can't imagine. He will be so different," said Daoust.

Police say parents should limit teen driving in numbers and at night. But, students say no lecture compares to this life lesson.

Police are still investigating the details of the crash and what charges the driver could face tomorrow. Holt High School staff say they have been through tragic events before and have a crisis team that will help students through their grief. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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