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Ypsilanti Township Head-on Crash Kills Two EMU Students

Shannise Heady/Photo: Eastern Michigan University)

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, MI – Two people lost their lives on Sunday, January 25th, 2015, in an early morning head-on crash on Hewitt Road north of Michigan Avenue.

A vehicle headed north on Hewitt Road, around 12:50am, driven by Shannise Heady, 21-years-old, of Ypsilanti, crossed the center line and struck a southbound vehicle head-on.

The Ypsilanti woman and her 23-year-old passenger, Jordan Hopkins, from Dexter were pronounced dead at the scene.

Both Heady and Hopkins were students at Eastern Michigan University.  Shannise Heady is originally from Hazel Crest, Illinois.

Heady had transferred to EMU in January of 2013 from Seton Hall University, in northern New Jersey.

“Obviously this is one of our toughest days as a program and for the entire Eagle Nation as we mourn the loss of Shannise,” said EMU Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tory Verdi. “No words  can describe the feelings right now as we are truly devastated to learn of her passing.  Shannise was not only an inspiration to all of us, but she brought energy and liveliness to our team. She was a true joy to coach and has left an everlasting  impression not only on me but the rest of our team as well. She will be missed greatly.”

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Shannise and have tremendous empathy for the families,” Vice President/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Heather Lyke added. “Our prayers for peace are with them. Shannise lit up the room with her personality and smile and will be missed in our locker room and the department.”

“This is a tragic loss,” said Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Jordan’s and Shannise’s families and friends at this difficult time.”

“I am shocked and saddened to learn of this tragic event,” added Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher, Mid-American Conference Commissioner.  “Our thoughts and prayers go out to both Shannise’s and Jordan’s families and the entire Eastern Michigan University community.”

EMU grief counselors have been meeting with and supporting the team, fellow students, faculty and staff.  The University is prepared to offer counseling and support to anyone who requests it. Please contact University Health Services at 734.487.1118.

The driver of the southbound vehicle, a 22-year-old Ann Arbor man, was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities believe that speed was a factor in this tragic accident.

The accident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information concerning the accident is asked to call the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office confidential tip line at 734-973-7711 or Deputy Douglas McMullen at 734-714-9906.

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