By Steve Zucker News-Review Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 15, 2008 11:00 AM EST
EAST JORDAN — A car-snowmobile traffic crash claimed the life of an East Jordan teenage girl Monday.
Charlevoix County Sheriff George T. Lasater identified the deceased person as Sarah Higdon Drew, 15.
Lasater said the crash happened at about 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Ellsworth and Ranney roads in South Arm Township.Police said Sarah was operating a snowmobile in the area and as she attempted to cross the road, she drove her snowmobile into the path of an oncoming vehicle driven by Devin Kurzhals, 18, also of East Jordan.
Sarah died at the scene from injuries she sustained in the crash. Kurzhals was not injured in the crash.The crash remains under investigation.
Sarah was a ninth-grade student at East Jordan High School and the daughter of Debbie and Gary Drew and Robert Johnson. Kurzhals was an 2007 graduate of the school.
In a news release issued today, Tuesday, East Jordan school officials said counselors and other resources from throughout the community were brought into the school today as students and staff learned Sarah’s death.In a message to students and staff, school administrators cited the need “to be supportive of Sarah’s family, friends and each other.”Although school is in session today, students have access to counselors from East Jordan and Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, as well as other resource people from the community.
Students who desired to do so were encouraged to write notes about Sarah to be delivered to her family at a later time.
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