2nd Person Dies from Teen Driver’s Tragic Mistake


LEELANAU COUNTY, MI – Sadly a second person has died from injuries sustained in an accident that took the life of 31 year old Brian Nachazel on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014.

Drake Hendershot
Drake Hendershot

Drake Hendershot, 17 years old, of Empire has also died from his injuries that he received from the accident. Hendershot died on August 29th, 2014.

The accident occurred when a 2005 Nissan driven by a 16-year-old from Lake Leelanau, Michigan ran a stop sign while headed south on Schomberg Road.  He collided with a 2004 Ford pickup truck, driven by Brian Nachazel of Cedar, heading east on Bodus Road. 2 other teens were occupants of the 2005 Nissan one of them being Drake Hendershot.  Only one of the teens was wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred.

Scene of Accident Site
Scene of Accident Site

Leelanau County investigators learned that a third vehicle occupied by friends of the Nissan occupants witnessed the crash. Witnesses in that car said they were trying to drive fast enough on Schomberg Road to “catch air” for a “roller coaster effect” on the hilly road.

The occupants of the 3rd vehicle acknowledged the Nissan did not stop at the stop sign because they needed to maintain the high speed sought for the effect.

It is not known at this time if the 16 year old driver will face charges.

Obituary for Drake John Hendershot

February 25, 1997 – August 29, 2014

Drake John Hendershot, of Empire, died at the age of 17 on Aug 29, 2014 at Munson Medical Center.

The day that Drake was born we knew we had been blessed with a special gift. Every day that Drake spent in our lives he proved to be just that, a blessing.

Those who knew Drake knew he didn’t usually follow the paved path of life, he was blazing his own trail while being true to himself and the beliefs that he held dear.

Drake was one of the hardest working people that we have known, be it on the baseball or football field or work around the house.

He was always the first to extend his hand to a teammate or opponent that was down. Having a sense of team was important to Drake.

Drake always saw the best in people and was a true friend, wonderful son and brother. Drake will live forever in the hearts of those who loved him.
We Love You Forever.

Drake is survived by his parents Bill and Crissy; younger brother Evan and younger sister Kylie; grandmothers Tootsie and Mary Lou. As well as many loving relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 3PM Tuesday Sept 2, at the Glen Lake Football Field with Pastor Chuck Towersey officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts for Drake Hendershot can be directed towards the New Covenant Christian Academy, funding the “Drake Hendershot Memorial Scholarship.” New Covenant Christian Academy is a private, Christian school opening in the fall of 2015. Its aim is to raise up generations of leaders with the highest academic standards and a Biblical worldview.

New Covenant will be located in Benzie County and will service students and families from Benzie, Leelanau, Manistee, and Grand Traverse Counties. Memorial gifts can be made payable to Fresh Wind, in memory of Drake Hendershot. (Memo on check should read “youth ministry”)

Mailing Address:
Pastor Chuck Towersey
Fresh Wind Christian Community
P.O. Box 405
Honor, MI 49640

The Hendershot family is asking anyone who may have a picture of Drake to share a copy of the photo for the family.

Arrangements by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Benzonia & Frankfort.

MIheadlines extends condolences to the family and friends of Drake Hendershot.

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