M-37 Crash Victim Identified (Updated)

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SPARATA, MI – The victim of the horrific crash that occurred on M-37 on Friday, October 30th, 2015 has been identified.Dustin Schmid

Dustin Schmid, 25-years-old, from Grand Rapids was the man behind the wheel of a 2000 Chevrolet pick-up truck that slammed head-on into a 2003 semi-truck on M-37 between Phelps Avenue NW and 15 Mile Road NW around 5:30 p.m. on last Friday.

The deadly accident happened during the evening rush hour. Schmid was thrown from his vehicle and died at the scene. The driver of the semi was not injured.

The pick-up was completely destroyed in the crash.  Much of it was scattered in pieces across both lanes.  The semi landed in a ditch where it caught fire and was leaking diesel fuel after the crash. Fire crews were able to put the fire out within a short period of time.

Michigan State Police stated that Dustn Schmid, the driver of the pick-up truck, was at fault and caused the crash.  He was heading north on M-37 when he crossed over the center line coming out of a curve and hit the southbound semi-truck head-on.

A GoFundMe Account has been established to help the family with expenses.  This fund is to assist his wife and three children. All donations will be put toward the funeral costs and living expenses.

Obituary

Dustin Henry Schmid, age 25 of Grand Rapids, passed away October 30, 2015 of accidental injuries.

He is survived by his wife, Erica; their children, Vanessa, DJ and Peyton; his parents, Mark and Peggy Schmid; in-laws, Rick and Sheila Armitage; brothers and sisters, Mark (Kelly) Schmid, Amanda (Rich) Callender, Chad Schmid (fiancée Naomi Pluger), Brandon, Brad, Helen and Hanna Schmid; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Chasity Armitage, Rick (Jessica) McQuillin, Lisa (Jeff) Lago, Amanda (Andrew) Teesdale; grandparents, Henry Schmid and Bonnie Slabbekoorn; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

The service to remember and celebrate Dustin’s life will be held on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 7:00 PM at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home-Van Strien Creston Chapel, 1833 Plainfield NE where friends may visit with his family on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6:00 PM until the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to his family to assist with expenses. To read more about Dustin, to share a memory and to sign his guestbook, please visit www.lifestorynet.com.

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