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Another MSU Student Dies in Car Crash

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Michigan State University students are mourning the loss of another classmate after she was involved in a fatal car accident on October 20, 2009. Felisa Estella Rosa Barnes, 19, a communications sophomore, was traveling southbound on US-23 on her way home to Erie, Michigan, when at about 7:30 p.m. she lost control over her 1999 Grand Prix after sideswiping a semi-tractor trailer. The Grand Prix crossed the median, overturned airborne several times, entered the northbound lanes, and finally landed on top of a 1995 Chrysler Concord seriously injuring the19 year old driver from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles and had to be extricated by firefighters – Barnes was pronunced dead at the scene and the male driver of the Concord was airlifted to the University of Michigan Hospital where he is expected to survive. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured.

According to the Monroe News and the State News, Barnes was a 2008 Erie-Mason High School graduate and 2007 homecoming queen. She was involved in numerous activities including cheerleading, volunteering, student council, volleyball, track, and cross country. She also had hopes of participating in MSU’s Alternative Spring Break program, a service opportunity for students to use their breaks volunteering. Friends and family members are shocked and devastated over their loss and invite people who knew Felisa in any way to attend her funeral. Arrangements have been made and her showing is at Pawlak Funeral Home, 1620 Smith Road, Temperance, MI 48182 this Saturday, October 24, 2009 from 2-9pm. The service will be in the Erie-Mason High School Gymnasium this Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 3pm.

An investigation as to what caused the crash is still ongoing. The accident occurred in Green Oak, between Silver Road and Lee Road – a stretch of the road where there are no barriers protecting cars from crossing the median. One can’t help but wonder whether a median barrier would have saved Felisa’s life and prevented the driver of the Concord from being involved. Although it remains yet to be seen exactly why Felisa lost control over her car, some people believe she may have been texting and driving. Regardless, this is just another tragic reminder of the dangers associated with driving and just how valuable life can be.