A Mid-Michigan family said their daughter has passed away after a two-vehicle crash sent her to the hospital in critical condition.
Crews were called to State (M-15) and Coolidge Roads in Atlas Township on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
The sheriff’s office reports the 18-year-old woman, identified by family as Corinn Linkowski, lost control and was hit by a southbound truck.
Emergency crews had to remove the teen, and she was taken to Ascension Genesys Hospital where family said she passed away on Feb. 17 after suffering severe head injuries.
A prayer vigil was held Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Bethany Baptist Church in Grand Blanc, where Corinn and her family are members.
Pastor Jonathan Wass said Corinn was a wonderful, dedicated servant of the Lord and a beloved member of the church.
"I just didn't have any words," said Carol Upton, family friend.
Upton attended the vigil and said the tragedy is still sinking in.
"I just kept staring at the Facebook post like, 'this isn't real. This isn't happening.' And, 'not Corinn,'" Upton said.
Corinn's mother took to Facebook saying her injuries were so severe they were not sure if she was going to make it.
"She's just a sweet kid. She wouldn't hurt a fly if it landed on her. And I just couldn't believe it was her," Upton said.
The dozens of people at the vigil bowed their heads in prayer for Corinn.
It is something Upton said Corinn's parents appreciate.
"They just have such faith and the way that Tamara just gave it right back to the Lord, she just said, 'you know what, God could've stopped this but he didn't. But something good will come out of this.' They don't know what it is," Upton said.
On Saturday, Corinn’s mother Tamara, wrote it was time for the family to say goodbye to Corinn in a Facebook post:
It is time for us to say goodbye to our songbird. She is with Jesus. It’s only machines keeping her alive. She will be on the machines one more day. Today is Joshua’s birthday so we can say goodbye today and unhook her tomorrow.
This was her life verse and she truly lived what she believed. Philippians 1:20 ESV 20] as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
Corinn you never got a chance to know the joy of being my daughter/best friend because you never got the chance to feel the joy of being a mother. Being with Jesus is better Corinn. To live is Jesus and to die truly is gain ESPECIALLY when you lived for Him on this earth like my Corinn did.
Thank you for being such a good daughter. Thank you for helping with the kids and doing it joyfully. Thank you for doing the dishes. Thank you for cleaning the bathrooms. Thank you for WANTING to sit down with me for coffee. Thank you for inviting dad and I on your first date. Thank you for keeping yourself pure ALL your days. O What a pure and chaste bride we would have been able to give Zac. You were perfect for each other in your godliness and your heart for Him. Thank you for your friendship. I learned so much from you. I am astounded ant the wisdom God gave you in such a short time. This moment literally never crossed my mind until now. I will see you again because to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord for us who believe. This does nothing but make eternity all the closer and more important and I long for it more.
To my bible study class I would love some music and I will definitely need to be lifted up in prayer. Please pray for our family during this time. We are very sad. You all are SO precious to me! I love each and every one of you. I have friends and family that this world is not worthy of.
To God be the glory for all the great things He has done. He gave me 12 children when I deserved none. He gives and takes away and I will continually bless my Jesus name.
"I got to spend so much time with her. We were friends. We weren't just mother and daughter," Tamara said.
"We were all just so shocked and there was a lot of crying," said Craig Linkowski, Corinn's father.
Through heir tears, Corinn's family was able to find peace through their faith.
"He works everything for good. He takes really bad things and turns them for good," Craig said.
Her family is at peace knowing Corinn lived a life of no regrets.
"Just not even a month ago she was telling me how she loves her life and she has everything she wants. That's what she said. Those were her exact words," said Genavieve Linkowski, sister.
The family also received overwhelming support from the community through prayers, visits, tributes and more.
"Just to see the love manifest itself in so many different ways whether it's donations or it's food," Craig said.
Where the crash took place, a cross now stands paying tribute to Corinn.
"it's going to be sad to see, but at the same time that verse is there and when we see that it's gonna be a good reminder of living out that verse like she wanted to," Genavieve said.
The Linkowski family said they have comfort knowing Corinn will live on by saving another.
"She's donating her organs and thank God she's able to be an organ donor," Tamara said.
"It's like a beautiful tragedy because there's so much good coming from this and the only bad thing is that she's taken from us for just a little bit," Genavieve said.
All the family is asking for from the community is to pray for the person who hit Corinn.
"It wasn't his fault. And I just don't want him to be crushed over this," Tamara said.
A celebration of the life of Jesus in Corinn will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at at Bethany Baptist Church, according to family. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m.
On Monday, Feb. 18, Tamara penned a message to the recipients of Corinn's organs:
Corinns organs are all good. It was only head trauma. She is going to be a VERY generous donor according to the doctor. Gift of Life is trying to set up a Walk of Honor here at the hospital. Please pray for all the Percipience that will be receiving Corinns organs. One of the big things that happens to them as they go through a period of depression because they know that someone else lost their life to save the recipients life. We wrote a letter to all our recipients. Pray they stay thankful and don’t feel guilty.
Dear Gift of Life Organ Ricipiant
We are Craig and Tamara Linkowski the parents of Corinn. We want to give a message to all the recipients who are receiving Corinns organs. Please do not ever feel guilty that her death has allowed you to live. If anything be thankful. This is something that was God ordained. God is powerful enough to have stopped this if he wanted to. Rather he wanted to take her home to be with him because to live is Christ and to die is gain. This is what we truly believe. Corinn has gained because she is now with Jesus and her only request for you would be to live is Christ. Christ has allowed you to have her organs to live so may you continue living for him as she did. Her life verse was Philippians 1:20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
She truly live this verse out in her life and she is continuing to live it out in her death. All we ask is that you honor her by seeking the Lord with all your heart and having God lead your life in Jesus Christ.
The accident is still under investigation.