By Susan Hall
On Friday, October 18th, 2013 as the homecoming floats were being pulled into starting positions emergency crews were on their way to an accident on 20th Avenue in Marion involving three of Marion’s Junior High students and one adult.
As the floats were being judged everyone watched as the Aeromed helicopter flew over. As the parade commenced parents of the crash victims began to arrive at the crash site hoping it wasn’t their child. One child dead, one seriously injured, another missing. As the parade turned into the school, one set of parents waited frantically to pass by in order to get to Grand Rapids Butterworth Hospital, still not knowing for sure if the child was theirs.
As the homecoming game played out the rumors spread through the stadium, no one really knowing yet. An ambulance arrived at the main gates of Marion High School picking up one of the missing girls at which point she was transported to Traverse City’s Munson Hospital.
Twelve year old Loren Brocht was treated and released. Thirteen year old Shaylah Gascoigne continues to be treated at Butterworth Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. Thirteen year old Jasmine Marie was found died at the scene.
A visitation for Jasmine Marie Rogers was held Wednesday October 23rd from 12:00-3:00, her burial immediately followed at the Greenwood Township cemetery in Temple Michigan. Donations to help the family can be sent to Holdship Funeral Home, P.O. Box G, Marion, MI 49665
The driver of the car Audreyonna Humphries, 21 of Marion was found in a Temple home on Saturday, October 19th. Police surrounded the home after an anonymous tip. She surrendered immediately. She was arraigned at the Osceola County 77th District Court on Monday, October 21 and formally charged with manslaughter with a motor vehicle and one count of failure to stop at an accident.
Audreyonna stood mute and Magistrate Dan Clise pleaded not guilty for her. She refused an attorney stating she didn’t need one, but Kim Booher of Evart was appointed as her public defender.
The sheriff’s report stated that the roads that night were very slippery from the rain and Audreyonna had been driving very fast. Audreyonna and Loren were seat belted in the front seat. Jasmine and Shayla were unbelted in the back seat and were thrown from the car. Audreyonna did not have a driver’s license and she did not own the car. It is believed that she borrowed the car without permission. Jasmine, Shayla, and Loren were on their way to homecoming events at the high school when they ran into Audreyonna at the Marion Municipal parking lot and she offered to give them a ride to the school.
Humphries remains lodged at the Osceola County Jail. Bond was set at $100,000. Each felony count is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
A preliminary exam is scheduled on Oct. 31 at 1:30 p.m. in district court.