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Aunt Deb

Grand Rapids, MI

#21 Dec 8, 2008
By now, you know what a great person Joel was. I pray ever day, that there is resolution to this heart wrenching accident. I do truly believe it was an accident, but by not coming forth, and putting this family through so much continued grief is incomprehensible. For what possible reason would anyone have to put this type of thing in any type of media, and then not follow up and do the right thing, by coming forward. You can not change what has happened you can only move forward and making it right by asking for forgiveness from God, and the family. This is not something that will ever go away or that you will be released from unless you come forward. I pray for you everyday that your conscience leads you to do the right thing and give the family some much needed closure. It will not bring Joel back but will allow them to be able to move on from this.
I continue to pray for all involved in this and for a quick resolution.
In His Holy Name, Amen.

Britton, MI

#22 Jan 27, 2009
are the cops looking in to this?
Daniel Cleary

Taylor, MI

#23 Mar 2, 2009
I believe it is still an open case. Is there anything you can tell us Matt? Do you know Ann or Mike? If there is anything you know, please don't be afraid to come forward. Its bad enough that Joel is gone. Not knowing what happened is making it so much worse. Please if you know anything, look into your heart and help our family find out what happened to Joel.Some closure to all of this heartache is all we ask, ao again please!

Trenton, MI

#24 Sep 28, 2009
In 3 days it will be one year since my brother has been gone. Not knowing what happens crosses my mind so many times a day. I dont know how if someone knows what happened that tragic morning, how they can stay silent knowing how many people are suffering. I pray every night that my family finds out what happened to our precious Joel. I cant take these tears anymore not knowing what happened to my best friend, because thats what he was. My brother and my best friend.

Ortonville, MI

#25 Oct 28, 2012
Dear Katherine Lusk and family... I would like to start by saying I am very sorry for what happened to your son... I was there the morning of the accident. There were 3 adults and 2 minors in my car that morning... one of which was Michael Bensinger. I was driving him to school and dropping off my daughter to daycare so I and the other 2 adults could get to work. We were all carpooling. We did not see what happened. I would like to give you a detailed step by step of what happened that morning. We were on Kane Rd. heading north. We turned left onto Dennis Rd. One of the passengers in my car said that he seen some lights flashing in the ditch. So I turned the car around and I stayed in the car with my daughter. My two passengers and Mike got out and started yelling to see if they could get a response. I had my window down and heard and witnessed all of it. Mike climbed down into the ditch and into the bed of the truck. He was silent and WHITE when he came up. He said he tryed for a pulse but it was too late. Joel had already been there long enough to loose all body heat. I called 911 and reported the accident. The man who lived on the corner of Dennis and Kane Rd would be the one to be upset with. I did not know Joel but I am sure he is dearly missed. What that man told me makes me sick to my stomach. He said "Yes, I heard the car crash, but my wife just went through a recent death, so we did not come out." Whatever that means is a mystery to me but very disturbing to think about. Mike had nothing to do with the accident and he only knows as much as I do. I am very sorry for your loss. I drive by the site often and pray for him and his family. All these people blaming Mike for this are wrong. Mike was very upset for a long time over this, as were the rest of us who discovered Joel. The man in the house said he heard the crash about a half hour earlier... and did nothing.

Owosso, MI

#26 Mar 5, 2014
Megan, this is Joel's wife. Thanks for the response four years after the accident. Really? Accidents happen daily this we all know but to lose a loved one with no rhyme or reason did take its toll on myself and my children. This is information that you could shared with us six years ago, you could have easied a little pain for so many. Keeping your silence only fueled people's hurt into angrier. And it's clearly obvious by the statement coming four years to late that your since of guilt has gotten to you as well. You are a mother?.. Mother to mother you didn't have enough courage, compassion, or any moral obligation to respond. Wow...
Know this..Six years later we stand here stronger, wiser and our heart's full of love. Love for a husband and father that no one could replace. The only way we can show our love to him know is putting his dreams for us into action. And that is exactly what we have done and I know he couldn't be more proud. My son now 15 my daughters 12, 10 and 7 have a guardian angel forever by their side.
My the Lord be with you

Since: May 15

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#27 May 13, 2015
Well I did try to contact the family but authorities would not help... confidentiality? I would have responded to this article sooner but I did not know that it existed... I had no idea my brother had posted this... I was looking for him because he was missing... im sorry the information I had for you wasn't when you wanted it but better late than never... I HAD huge empathy and sympathy for your family... im sorry you think so low of me as a mother... only god can judge me... that includes you and Joel.

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