2 Teenagers Dead After Accident in Allegan County

Two teenagers from Holland are dead after an early morning accident. At around 1:30am deputies from the Allegan County Sherriff's Departement responded to a call for an unknown accident in Laketown Township. Full Story
another Mom in Holland

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#22 Sep 10, 2007
Aunt Kathy wrote:
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Out of respect for our family and other parents in the past that may be going thru the same pain, please refrain from comments such as these. Shortly before the accident, one parent called and asked when he was coming home. The time of death was much earlier than posted online.
We have a community in morning over the loss of two young lives. We will never watch them get married or raise children.
I will never be able to make peanut butter fudge at Christmas for him. I will never hear him say Hey Aunt Kathy from across the room.
His parents sit in his truck crying and holding onto his clothing. That is all they have left of a once outgoing, fun, loving child.
Thank you and other readers for respecting our wishes in future comments.
My son is a friend of both boys, especially close to Jess. He was one of the last people to see them before the accident. My son is 19 and I worry about him every time he walks out the door. There is only so much that we as parents can do. I still try to track him down when he is out late and he hates it, but these kids just want so badly to be independent and "on their own". We can't hold on to them forever, much as we would like to. They have to make their own decisions and sometimes the outcome is so unbearably heartbreaking in many different ways. These kinds of accidents are tragedies that are so hard to comprehend.

People who are reading and posting, please be sensitive to the friends and families and not judgemental.

I'll be praying for all who loved these boys.
EmmaRae

Grand Rapids, MI

#23 Sep 10, 2007
Staternater wrote:
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Actually Staternater is the name of our boat, which we named after my husbands grandfather. It was a nickname that his fellow comrades gave him when he fought in the 101st Airborne Division that landed in Normandy during WWII. A very brave and nobel man, though he didn't go on the become president of the US or even get a college degree he made a honest living becoming a master electrician, which was his passion.
Please don't twist my words, nowhere did I say that these kids were ready to take the world by the tail. The point I was trying to make was we didn't know anything other than their age so we shouldn't assume it is the parents fault considering they are 18, and correct me if I am wrong but isn't that when you went out on your own?
Pay no attention to him. You didn't deserve him going off on you.

Since: Aug 07

Monroe, MI

#24 Sep 10, 2007
Lucy wrote:
I don't know about the rest of you parents-of-teens, but, we not only have a STOPPED sticker on both of our cars, but we KNOW where our kid is, and where he has been.
Time to UP the parenting, people!!
Oh please! Remember when you were a teenager? Did you let your parents control everything you did? I don't think so
Tom

Grand Rapids, MI

#25 Sep 10, 2007
Big Mark wrote:
Yes , you are right ,“staternater “. I am so sick of idiots like you thinking that because someone hits 18 they are ready to control the world .
When I was 18 I was in the military . Thought I had the world by the tail . Went to war and did things that would shock the majority of civilians.A name like staternater sounds like you are a bagger or dishwasher . At least a low income high school graduate not doing anything for the local community or churches .
For a guy with the name "big mark" you sure sound small. I guess during your tour of the military you were not taught about honor and respect. Baggers and dishwashers? I thank the lucky stars that there are people in this world to fill those roles and I would be willing to bet that a fair number of "those people" attend church and are active within their communities.

“Hoping to see some good news”

Since: Jul 07

Location hidden

#26 Sep 10, 2007
My sympathy goes out to the families and friends of the victims.

With that said, keep in mind this is a topix forum where everyone will comment, both good and bad. My advice is to create a memorials page where you can moderate the posts.

“Personal responsibility is key”

Since: Aug 07

West Michigan

#27 Sep 10, 2007
Good post, Ann...

Since: Aug 07

Michigan

#28 Sep 10, 2007
EmmaRae wrote:
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Pay no attention to him. You didn't deserve him going off on you.
Thank you.
hms

Portage, MI

#29 Sep 10, 2007
Tom wrote:
<quoted text> For a guy with the name "big mark" you sure sound small. I guess during your tour of the military you were not taught about honor and respect. Baggers and dishwashers? I thank the lucky stars that there are people in this world to fill those roles and I would be willing to bet that a fair number of "those people" attend church and are active within their communities.
well said, thank you

“Hoping to see some good news”

Since: Jul 07

Location hidden

#30 Sep 10, 2007
Update on Woodtv.com :

"Two teens killed on Allegan Co. roadway

Updated: Sep 10, 2007 04:09 PM EDT




LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP -- Two Holland teenagers died following an early Sunday morning accident in Allegan County.

Deputies were dispatched to the area of 66th Street and 146th Avenue. When they got there, they found the two 18-year-olds, Aaron Sankey and Jess Dirkse, dead in a car.

Authorities believe the vehicle was traveling south on 66th Street in Laketown Township when the driver ran the stop sign at 146th Avenue. The vehicle then left the road and struck several trees.

Police believe speed was a factor in the accident.

Friends say the teens were finishing up their final credits at Holland High School."
unknown

Allendale, MI

#31 Sep 10, 2007
aaron and jess went to my highschool and they were both great guys. Getting the phone call in the early morning i couldnt even beleive it, i was devastated. I miss them both and will think of then always. For all of you who are blaming parents and accusing them of wrong doing, you dont know what happened, or who these kids are. Show some compassion and realize that 4 parents just lost their sons,and friends lost friends......i'll keep them in my thoughts and pray for the families.
Too young

Saint Joseph, MI

#32 Sep 10, 2007
Very, very sad. Everytime. I think teenagers start way too young. They can't vote, why should they be able to drive? I rather be a taxi for my kids and know they are safe than push them to drive.
EmmaRae

Hudsonville, MI

#33 Sep 10, 2007
Too young wrote:
Very, very sad. Everytime. I think teenagers start way too young. They can't vote, why should they be able to drive? I rather be a taxi for my kids and know they are safe than push them to drive.
Yes these kids were very young and it is a true tradegy, but they were both 18 and olds enought to vote.
Pete

Grand Haven, MI

#34 Sep 10, 2007
Big Mark wrote:
Yes , you are right ,“staternater “. They are 18 and are considered adults .
It dose not make them adults though . They have to mature . I am so sick of idiots like you thinking that because someone hits 18 they are ready to control the world .
When I was 18 I was in the military . Thought I had the world by the tail . Went to war and did things that would shock the majority of civilians. Not to mention my parents . It was not until I was 24 that I actually was mature enough to lead my fellow comrades into combat . Took responsibility of multimillion dollar equipment and was looking out for the lives of many soldiers .
You were probably living with your parents or in college . When ever you needed money or something your parents were there . You probably had a job making 3-5 dollars over minimum wage . Yep , you have the right to decide what level of adulthood these kids are at .
How many successful people under 25 are community leaders or federal leaders ?
I wonder why the voters do not elect these Adults under 25 years old ?
Maybe because they do not have the experience and maturity to be a successful adult .
A name like staternater sounds like you are a bagger or dishwasher . At least a low income high school graduate not doing anything for the local community or churches .
I'm very proud of you and your awesomeness.
A name like Big Mark sounds like you are fat.
deeszee

Holland, MI

#35 Sep 11, 2007
Our prayers go out to both boy's families. To those of you who seem to be judging these parents, shame on you, at 18 there is not much you can do to prevent them from exploring the world, nor should we. Would you still sit in judgement if their accident had occured at 1:30 in the afternoon? This really bugs me because I too lost a son in a tragic car accident 5 years ago along with one of his best friends. Like Aaron and Jess they were both well liked within the community and good kids. Unfortunately the driver's inexperience and need for speed resulted in two untimely deaths like Aaron's and Jess's which could happen at any time of the day or night. If you still feel the need to blame why don't you press for tougher licensing laws and greater restrictions on young drivers.
Annonomous

Holland, MI

#36 Sep 12, 2007
Wow this is an unbelievable mis fortune that has happened to your family....MAy god be with you and your family...I will keep you in my prayers!

God Bless
cant stop crying

Holland, MI

#37 Sep 12, 2007
AARON and JESS
you guys where the life of the party. no party was the same if u guys where not there. You guys where loved very much even if half of us did not even show it. You where two sweet guys and people that every one knew. you guys new who to put smiles on our faces and make us laugh. today you guys left us. but we all know that u guys are still with us no matter how far up u guys are. heaven if fare away but we all know we will all be together again. we will keep u in our prayers and you will be missed very much but we will always love you!! your family's are in our prayers!!!!!! god bless!!

((Aaron was one of my friends, i really didnt know Jess, but Aaron was the most sweetest guy, and its so hard to believe that its reality and that hes never coming back! Family of Aaron and Jess and other friends your in everyones prayers! Miss you Aaron you and Jess will never be forgotten!))
Anonymous

Holland, MI

#38 Sep 12, 2007
I went to school with Aaron and Jess, and had class with both of them. These guys were the kindest guys anyone could have known. And i don't think their families deserves to be riticuled for what happened. this was a tragic accident. none of it is their fault. there are two families out there mourning the untimely deaths of their sons. please just have some respect for them and what they are going through. I am keeping the families and friends of Jess and Aaron in my thoughts and prayers.
Anonymous

Grand Haven, MI

#39 Sep 12, 2007
i cant believe some of you people, blaming the parents for this tragedy, you people need to learn your not the best parent either, ive known jess since i was 10 and i knew he had great parents so dont you dare say that about them, stop the blame game and grow up
Aunt Kathy

Wyoming, MI

#40 Sep 13, 2007
Momma of 2 wrote:
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Oh please! Remember when you were a teenager? Did you let your parents control everything you did? I don't think so
I was young once also. A sticker wouldn't have prevented me from having fun either. I had a Honda Civic and raced a Chevy on a rural road when I was younger. I whipped him and made his car puke. Unless someone catches you, the sticker doesn't help. Maybe a computer chip would be a better choice? I don't know the solution but will be heavily investigating options when my youngest starts to drive in six short years.

I hope what happened to Aaron and Jess will make teenagers think.
meaghanmarie022

Holland, MI

#41 Sep 13, 2007
OK SERIOUSLY. you people are ridiculous..
their kids just DIED. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU/
"time to up the parenting.." WHY would you say
that..wow you people have NO hearts. these boys
were my friends and they just graduated from highschool.. they were starting college.. do you
really think they are going to tell their parents
where they are? THEY WERE 18 YEARS OLD. i hope you people feel HORRIBLE for how you can so quickly judge people.. honestly.
GET A LIFE.

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