Police Identify 5 Victims Of US-23 Crash

emergency istock1 Police Identify 5 Victims Of US 23 CrashPolice have identified three Okemos High School graduates and two Ohio residents killed in Sunday’s deadly head-on crash near Brighton.

Matthew Kolstoe, 18, and Heather Comstock, 19, both of Okemos, and Sarina Seger, 18, of Williamston, died Sunday in the crash on U.S. 23 in Livingston County, Green Oak Township Police Chief Robert Brookins said.

Another 18-year-old in the car was in critical condition.

The Toyota Prius in which they were riding crossed the median and slammed into an oncoming Chevrolet Blazer, killing two adults and injuring three children.

The victims in the SUV were identified as Cynthia Skutt, 62, and Alfred King, 56, of Fremont, Ohio.

Deputy Okemos Schools Superintendent Patty Trelstad said an emergency staff meeting was held early Monday at the high school. District officials told teachers about the crash and that counselors would be made available to staff and students.

Teachers shared the news with the 1,400-member student body. “Most of the faculty was OK,” Trelstad said. “Some students asked, ‘Why?’ and ‘How can this happen?”’

Trelstad said she didn’t personally know the students in the Prius but was told good things about them. “They were great kids and close friends to one another,” she said.

School officials were planning to contact the parents of the students who were killed to talk about ways the school could remember them, Trelstad said. “Okemos is a fairly close-knit community through the schools,” she said.

The crash was still under investigation Monday. Why the Prius crossed the median remained unclear.

“We have a whole lot of reconstructing to go through,” Chief Brooks said.

(Copyright, 2010. WWJ Newsradio 950/The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved.)

  • Daniel Koning

    Sad but I heard that four were only dead when did the 5th die?

  • Donald Bajorek

    I hope the kids will be alright.So sad.

  • Al Kovacs

    Makes you wonder if the Prius, a Toyota product, had problems with a stuck accelerator? Or was it inexperienced driver error? The driver was too young for a heart attack or stroke. Road safety is a major problem in Michigan and more safety barricades need to be installed on major highways

  • fleebabylon

    150,000 people die every day – the sad reality of this fallen world. Google the “good person test” and make sure you are ready…

  • Rob Stawarz

    Another Prius accident? Are the authorities investigating whether or not the throttle problems plaguing the Prius are to blame for this tragedy? Or is this going to be swept under the rug?

  • K.Marttin

    Cynthia Skutt and Alfred King are tragic victims in this accident. They were on their own side of the highway when they were killed. My thoughts are with their families.

    • Anonymous

      K.Marttin – This accident is extremely tragic for all victims. To determine which was more tragic by using, of all things, the exact location of two cars at the final moment before the accident, is completely absurd. No one wanted this to happen, and everyone makes mistakes (especially young people). There is nothing morally wrong with making a mistake that caused someone to accidentally go over the yellow line. Nothing morally wrong with making basic human mistakes in general.
      If I were killed in an accident that weren’t my fault, I really wouldn’t want the fact that it wasn’t my fault to help gain sympathy and thoughts over the other victims.
      Check yourself and think through this one some more. Tragedy all around.

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