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Authorities identify boy who died in snowy Michigan crash

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Anthony Bontrager (Courtesy: Julie Bontrager) Anthony Bontrager (Courtesy: Julie Bontrager)
CLINTON COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Authorities have released the name of a 14-year-old boy who died in a weekend crash on a snowy Michigan roadway.

It happened Sunday, Dec. 11 about 12:53 p.m. on Shepardsville Road between Kinley Road and Faragher Road in Ovid Township.

Investigators said a 59-year-old woman from Ovid was driving southbound when she lost control of her vehicle on the snow covered roads and slid sideways into the path of a northbound pickup truck.

A 14-year-old boy, identified as Anthony Bontrager, of Ovid, was sitting in the rear passenger seat and thrown from the vehicle. He died at the scene, police said.

His mother and older brother, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, were taken to Sparrow Hospital and are listed in critical condition.

"The day that Anthony passed away, when it really sunk in, I rode in the ambulance to the ER and it just hit me. He's not here anymore," Marty Bontrager said.

Anthony was the youngest of 11 children. He took classes at Life Tech Academy in Lansing.

His family described him as a bright, tech-savvy teen who loved being an uncle.

Anthony will be laid to rest on Saturday at Grove Bible Church in St. Johns.

The family said their hearts are warmed by the outpouring of support from neighbors and loved ones. But mostly, they said they're grateful for their faith during the time of unexpected loss.

"I just prayed and asked Jesus to give me a sense, just a picture of where he is right now. And the first thing that came to mind is his unique smile and I saw him being brought out of his body up through the snow and he's just looking around like, 'hey, this is cool,'" Marty Bontrager said.

The driver of the pickup, a 34-year-old man from Elsie, was not hurt. His 24-year-old wife and their two children, ages 2-years-old and 10-months-old, alsp were not hurt.

A GoFundMe account has been setup to help the Bontrager family with funeral and medical costs. You can find it here.

The crash remains under investigation.

The National Weather Services reported more than 11 inches of snow fell in parts of the state during the weekend storm. 

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