Alaska crash hurts 2 from Hudsonville...

Alaska crash hurts 2 from Hudsonville; kills 3 others

There are 80 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Jul 7, 2008, titled Alaska crash hurts 2 from Hudsonville; kills 3 others. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Alaska authorities have released the hometowns of three California men who died and two Michigan men who were critically hurt in a rollover accident.

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Just Me

Allegan, MI

#66 Jul 9, 2008
hudise student wrote:
they delete all the truth posts but they don't want to know that chris niles is a waste of skin. use to deal dope out of his locker at school and cause he mommy works at the school they would warn him before they took the drugs dogs through they would call him out of class so he could get his stuff out of his locker and put it in his car and nonoe do anything cause his mommy would look bad if he got caught
Maybe this is his wakeup call, or second chance. Let's chill out a little, and when you're perfect, feel free to flap your gums.
vickie fears

AOL

#67 Jul 9, 2008
wow, there is a lot of hostility in michigan. please pray for the boys to get well and return home soon. in california, we have to bury the wonderful sons of wonderful friends and we are crying.
Kate Vriesman

Denver, CO

#68 Jul 9, 2008
This is the latest and probably the last...Please pray for EVERYONE affected by this. Its going to be a rough few weeks for everyone...

Mimi Fritz wrote
at 9:32pm
Hello everyone. Sadly, the organ harvest was unsuccessful. Once a respirator is removed the amount of oxygen and blood is decreased to the organs. A patient normaley expires shortly after the respirator is removed. Matt did not do this. After one hour organ harvest is not possible due to lack of blood and oxygen to organs to keep them healthy. Matt continues to breathe albeit very laboured. He has been moved to another room where he is being kept comfortable and is surrounded by Patsy, Jake and his dad and step mom. They will be with him until he is gone. This is a very very sad day for all of us. Please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers
derek jensen

Madison, WI

#69 Jul 9, 2008
like i stated earlier "hudise student" tell me who you really are so we can talk face to face. if you can post all this sh** on here then you can say it to my face. if not, and your just being a little b**** then dude just stop. if thats the way you feel cool but keep it to yourself. people on here are trying to pray and have hope not listen to little sh**s like you. so plz just grow up and stop.....

“Hot time!!!!”

Since: Jul 08

hudsonville

#70 Jul 10, 2008
Kate Vriesman wrote:
This is the latest and probably the last...Please pray for EVERYONE affected by this. Its going to be a rough few weeks for everyone...
Mimi Fritz wrote
at 9:32pm
Hello everyone. Sadly, the organ harvest was unsuccessful. Once a respirator is removed the amount of oxygen and blood is decreased to the organs. A patient normaley expires shortly after the respirator is removed. Matt did not do this. After one hour organ harvest is not possible due to lack of blood and oxygen to organs to keep them healthy. Matt continues to breathe albeit very laboured. He has been moved to another room where he is being kept comfortable and is surrounded by Patsy, Jake and his dad and step mom. They will be with him until he is gone. This is a very very sad day for all of us. Please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers
never stop praying, kate i am hurting for you. you know how to contact me.
Clint

Since: Oct 07

Cloud Nine

#71 Jul 10, 2008
Does anyone know how the other boy, Chris is doing?

Since: Jul 08

Battle Creek, MI

#72 Jul 10, 2008
Mimi Fritz wrote
at 8:37am
Hi Everyone. So hard to even put in writing. But Matt has left us and is in a better place. Please don't ever forget him.

Chris has been released from the hospital, he was going to the Resort with his family for the memorial of the other boys. And then he was expected home sometime late tomorrow night. Pleaes please please pray for their familys. I cant eve type this b/c its too hard, I can only imagine what they are going through. Its going to be a rough few weeks and Im praying that everyone continues to pray for their strength. Thank you all for your support

“Hot time!!!!”

Since: Jul 08

hudsonville

#73 Jul 10, 2008
Kate Vriesman wrote:
Mimi Fritz wrote
at 8:37am
Hi Everyone. So hard to even put in writing. But Matt has left us and is in a better place. Please don't ever forget him.
Chris has been released from the hospital, he was going to the Resort with his family for the memorial of the other boys. And then he was expected home sometime late tomorrow night. Pleaes please please pray for their familys. I cant eve type this b/c its too hard, I can only imagine what they are going through. Its going to be a rough few weeks and Im praying that everyone continues to pray for their strength. Thank you all for your support
I am so sorry sweetie. you are right he is in a better place. we may not know the reason for your loss here, until you see him again. I am always a phone call away. Be strong. Now comes the time for the rest of us to pray for all the people how are touched by this death. Pray for strength to the family and friends of all the young men who lost their lives in this tragic accident.

Since: Oct 07

Cloud Nine

#74 Jul 10, 2008
Kate Vriesman wrote:
Mimi Fritz wrote
at 8:37am
Hi Everyone. So hard to even put in writing. But Matt has left us and is in a better place. Please don't ever forget him.
Chris has been released from the hospital, he was going to the Resort with his family for the memorial of the other boys. And then he was expected home sometime late tomorrow night. Pleaes please please pray for their familys. I cant eve type this b/c its too hard, I can only imagine what they are going through. Its going to be a rough few weeks and Im praying that everyone continues to pray for their strength. Thank you all for your support
I am so sorry. To everyone that knows Matt, I know this is a very difficult time for all of you. Please keep your chin up and say lots of prayers for his family. Remember all the good times you had with Matt and that award winning smile he had. I think that is how he would want to be remembered.
Parent

Jenison, MI

#75 Jul 10, 2008
So sorry for the loss for the families - prayers, faith and support are especially needed at this time. For those who were close to Matt, know that he is at peace and vow to make a difference in life for him and for all of those that have left us at such young ages.
DaisyDuke

Orange, CA

#76 Jul 10, 2008
To Matt's friends and family ... from California ...

Today is the service for Nate, Willy and Jerry. While we pray for them, we will be praying for Matt. He was a good friend. Our hearts are breaking all over the country. While miles separate us, know that we are connected because of the people we knew and love ...

“Hot time!!!!”

Since: Jul 08

hudsonville

#77 Jul 10, 2008
DaisyDuke wrote:
To Matt's friends and family ... from California ...
Today is the service for Nate, Willy and Jerry. While we pray for them, we will be praying for Matt. He was a good friend. Our hearts are breaking all over the country. While miles separate us, know that we are connected because of the people we knew and love ...
I did not know any of them personally, but am connected thru people i care for. I will make sure prayers are lifted up in their names tonight.
alaskan one

Wasilla, AK

#78 Jul 10, 2008
I'm sorry to hear about your loss, but yes he is in a better place. We were wondering if Chris and Matt were brothers.
Jessica Bravata

Allendale, MI

#79 Jul 10, 2008
RIP, Matt
Get Well Soon, Chris

As a parent myself, I would be heartbroken and angry to read some of the comment on here. I am going to assume that nobody is perfect and everyone has made mistakes. Things happen, people get hurt and people die - it's the cycle of life.

I know when I attended school with Matt we had our negatives (as I know he did with everyone!) and we also had our positives - he was a great kid, he spoke his mind and had a lot of fun. Many great memories with Matt, may he Rest In Peace and enjoy his time with Casey and Job. Always remember the good memories, overlook the bad.

La Vita E Bella, enjoy the next stage buddy!
Jessica Bravata

Allendale, MI

#80 Jul 10, 2008
"they delete all the truth posts but they don't want to know that chris niles is a waste of skin. use to deal dope out of his locker at school and cause he mommy works at the school they would warn him before they took the drugs dogs through they would call him out of class so he could get his stuff out of his locker and put it in his car and nonoe do anything cause his mommy would look bad if he got caught"

The truth is - if you can't speak from your personal ownership (ie: real name)- then shut your mouth.

Abuse has been reported to the site management and an IP address is very (VERY) easy to obtain within a matter of hours. If I were you, I would stop now before YOU get yourself into more trouble.

You're talking about his mom like you're perfect, I cannot believe another woman has taught her child to grow up with so much disrespect. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Another Hudsie Mom

Reedsville, WI

#81 Jul 10, 2008
I am very sad about what happened. In talking with my son who is a friend of all those who have passed away, I reminded him that although it is sad, and we will miss them, their deaths were a result of their choices. You make the choice to drink, to drive, to do drugs, etc. There are consequences to all your choices. If these kids would have arrived home alive they would have said they had the greatest day ever...out partying on the 4th in Alaska. Ya Hoo!! But for those left behind, may their deaths not be in vain. It can happen, and will happen again if you choose. Even though Matt may not have been driving he chose to ride with the others. I know everybody does it...but that doesn't make it okay. You have to know when to say, that's not the real me and I'm not going to do it anymore. I know that most of this group of friends are involved in drinking and drugs, please LEARN FROM THIS as you mourn yet another precious life.
old mom

Hudsonville, MI

#82 Jul 10, 2008
alaskan one wrote:
I'm sorry to hear about your loss, but yes he is in a better place. We were wondering if Chris and Matt were brothers.
Chris and Matt were not brothers, just really great friends. I can only imagine how hard this will be for Chris to be the only survivor. I'll be praying for him and his family, too.
Karin

United States

#83 Jul 10, 2008
Sara wrote:
Thank you to all that are praying and thinking about these families. Matt was my cousin, I didn't know the other kid but ours and his families are grieving for there sons and they WILL be missed. To all of you who feel the need to hate, go to hell!
Good job Sarah
You tell them
FREINDS OF MATT

Denver, CO

#84 Jul 10, 2008
WHEN AND WHERE IS MATT'S FUNERAL? A LOT OF US WANT TO KNOW. THANKS
kim

Vader, WA

#85 Jul 11, 2008
It was a tragic accident that took 4 friends, it is a very sad time and we are very happy that chris Niles is doing well. i see bitterness where it is completely uncalled for. Can u imagine losing 4 good friends one of which was one of your best friends... Chris Niles is going to need a lot of time to heal and it would be much easier if he had people with good hearts behind him. I knew 4 of the 5 in the accident and this is definately a hard time. my condolences to the holmes family, matt was great and i will forever remember that great smile and kind heart

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