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Posted on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 1:46 p.m.

Family of 3 Salem Township residents killed in Christmas crash ask for prayers for other driver

By Kyle Feldscher

The family of the three people killed in a Christmas Day crash in Lyon Township is asking people to pray for the driver of the car that drifted over the center line and caused the crash, according to a report in the Observer & Eccentric.

Mary Ann Hammon, 68; Jack Hammon, 71; and Judith Shedell, 66, were killed when a 31-year-old Livonia woman crossed the center line and struck their vehicle. The three Salem Township residents died at the scene of the crash.

Now, Bettie Jo Nunez, Jack Hammon’s sister, is asking people to pray for the 31-year-old woman.

“There are people out there who do malicious things, but this isn’t one of them,” Nunez told the Observer & Eccentric. “Accidents happen and this is a very tragic accident. We have all made mistakes behind the wheel and have been very grateful that we weren’t struck by tragedy.”

The Hammons and Shedell were in a 2007 Honda Civic headed eastbound on 8 mile Road west of Currie Road when they collided with a 2004 Ford Taurus head on. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to police.

To read the full Observer & Eccentric story, click here.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 5:34 p.m.

i hope she recovers she can go to trial.

K Thompson

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 2:16 a.m.

Please disregard previous question. I misread, misunderstood.

K Thompson

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 2:10 a.m.

So sorry abouth this. Bedt wishes and prayers to all families. I thought it was origonally reported as Jackie Hammon, so is it Jack or Jackie?


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 1:37 p.m.

What a kind & compassionate response!


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 9:29 p.m.

Not to be the killjoy, but I think I would wait until the investigation is over---the story says the police are still working on search warrants and downloads (not sure what downloads mean?).


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 10:03 p.m.

Ok killjoy,we get the point. Seriously though, I'm sure what they are looking at one of a couple things. First, downloads could refer to getting information from a cell phone provided to see if she was texting at the time of the accident. Another possibility is that they are waiting for downloads from the vehicles onboard computer to determine the handling characteristics of the vehicle before the crash. Did the 31 year old apply the brakes, hit the gas, ect, that impacted this incident.

Dog Guy

Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 9:26 p.m.

"Remember, we're all in this together." --Red Green

music to my ear

Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 8:43 p.m.

how wonderful to think of others in such tragedy it was an accident, and the 31 year old has her whole life ahead of her, she will always know what she did, but this forgiveness may help her heal better,god bless her and the victims family for their honor.

Dave Bass

Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 8:29 p.m.

Simply a wonderful story. Much needed in these days.


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 7:59 p.m.

I'm not religious but these are people who walk the walk and talk the talk.

Mi resident

Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 7:31 p.m.

I'm happy to see grace and forgiveness in all of this.

Barn Help

Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 7:44 p.m.

We need more of this type of people on our world