Former Ypsilanti couple among 4 dead in 3-car crash in southern Indiana
Husband and wife Michael and Jennifer Ross will return home to Ypsilanti Friday to be buried, after a head-on three-car collision in southern Indiana on Dec. 16 took their lives.
The accident occurred outside Evansville, Ind., near the Kentucky state line.
From Stacy Dunn
Michael, 43, was transported to the hospital, where he died on Dec. 20 from injuries sustained in the crash, WFIE reported.
WDRB-TV, a Fox News affiliate out of Louisville, Ky., described the accident as truly “gruesome.” The teenager and an 8-year-old boy who was related to the couple also died in the collision. The driver of a pick-up truck involved suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Jennifer and Michael both attended Ypsilanti High School. They moved to Princeton, Ind., about three months ago, said Jennifer’s brother Stacy Dunn.
“They had a joyous relationship,” Dunn said of his sister and bother-in-law. “They were very tight and cared about each other deeply.
“Jennifer was the type of person that, regardless if she was having a bad day or if you were having a bad day, her smile would put a smile on your face,” he added. “If someone needed something, she was there to help.”
The couple was married on Valentine’s Day in 1996. They have two children, a teenaged daughter, Kristena Ross; and Michael’s son, Michael Ryan Ross.
Dunn said his mother fought to have the pair buried in Ypsilanti for her sake and their daughter’s.
“(Jennifer and Kristena) had one of the strongest, closest relationships of anyone I have ever known,” Dunn said. “They were extremely close.”
From Stacy Dunn
Jennifer and Michael were big University of Michigan sports fans, especially volleyball and softball, sports Jennifer played in high school, Stacy Dunn said.
He said of all the siblings, Jennifer’s twin, Jacqueline Dunn, is having the hardest time processing the loss.
He told how as a child Jennifer would tag along and help Jacqueline with her paper route. He said one day when the sisters were about 13, Jennifer crossed the street to buy a couple of sodas. When Jacqueline came to join her, Jacqueline was hit by a pick-up truck and spent a month in the hospital in critical condition.
“I thought Jennifer’s world would be torn apart at that time and now Jackie has to suffer through this,” Stacy said.
A funeral service for the couple will take place at noon Friday at Janowiak Funeral Home, 320 N. Washington St., with a visitation at 11 a.m.
Facebook pages in memory of both Jennifer and Michael have been created for friends and family to share thoughts and stories about the couple. Money given in their memory will be put into a bank account for their daughter. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The collision that killed the couple remains under investigation, according to WFIE. Authorities have ruled out cell phone use as a possible cause for the crash and are now looking at a possible medical condition, the article says.
To read Jennifer and Michael’s complete obituaries, click here.