Taylor student mix-up

02 Jun

I’m sure by now, everyone has heard about this or seen it on the news.  On April 26, a van of students and staff from Taylor University was on its way from Huntington to Fort Wayne.  During the trip, the van was involved in a collision with a semitrailer on Interstate 69 near Highway 18.  Four students and one staff member were killed in the accident.  One of the students who was killed was Laura J. VanRyn.  A survivor was Whitney E. Cerak.  Due to mis-identification at the accident, the two girls were mis-identified.  Laura was Whitney and Whitney was Laura. 

Since then, this has made news coverage across the country.  Below are links regarding the information about the accident, as well as a blog from the family with health updates on Whitney Cerak.

Additional links:
Students, Staff Involved in Fatal Crash (original press statement from Taylor University 04/26/06)
In Loving Memory (memorial site)
New Details Learned About Van Accident (5/31/06)
Laura VanRyn (family blog)
Survivor’s ID was questioned weeks ago (6/2/06)
Laura VanRyn’s body to be exhumed (6/2/06)

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