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c-ramon-otero (profile) wrote,
on 1-14-2009 at 6:20am
Current mood: sad
Subject: I'm not sure I can handle today...
"Woman killed in crash planned to marry


A Laketown Township woman who was planning to get married this summer died in a crash in Allegan County Monday morning.
Amanda Faye Prins, 19, was on her way to work with her fiance, Michael Bronson, 24, of Fennville, when Bronson's car was struck head-on by an oncoming car on M-89 near 54th Street in Manlius Township, just east of Fennville.
According to the Allegan County Sheriff's Office, Paz West, 52, of Fennville, was driving east around 9 a.m. when she lost control of her car and drifted into the westbound lane.
Bronson said he saw West's car approaching and tried to swerve into the ditch.
"I turned the wheel, but the car kept going forward," Bronson said.
Police said they believe weather was a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation, and that all three were wearing seat belts.
Bronson was released from Holland Hospital around 4 p.m. Monday with cuts, scrapes and bruises. Prins was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bronson, a 2002 West Ottawa High School graduate, said he and Prins had been dating since October, and that he proposed to her on Christmas. They were planning to marry this summer, he said.
Bronson's mother, Diana VanOrder of Fennville, said the couple were living in Fennville with Bronson's grandmother, Phyllis Goen, while they were saving money to buy a house.
"They were two halves of a single person," VanOrder said. "They weren't whole until they were together.
Prins, who worked at West Marine in Holland Township, was a 2006 graduate of Holland High School. Gregg Kirchen, guidance counselor at the school, said Prins was a quiet, soft-spoken girl.
"We've had an awful year this year with students or former students who have been hurt or killed in car crashes," he said. "It's had a sobering effect on our student body and our community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family."
West was listed in critical condition at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids."
The pain from this, I don't think I can put into words.

I'm going to visit her today... I really don't know if I can handle this.
I just wish that I could have spend more time with her...
I miss Amanda so much.

Amanda Faye Prins
October 14, 1988 - January 14, 2008
Got my tattoo, and it was painful. Not physically, but emotional.
Every time I closed my eyes, I saw the lines he was drawing and her face.
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