Shumaker fatal crash trial delayed

Tuesday marked four months since Amanda Shumaker and her daughters' lives forever changed. It was also the day Steven Paul Spencer, 24, of Ravenna, was supposed to go to trial for the crash resulting in John Shumaker's death.
Becky Vargo
Oct 18, 2012


The case has been postponed until March 12, 2013, because of a backlog at the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.

On June 16, 37-year-old John Shumaker, of Grand Haven Township, and his daughter Madison were heading home after a rained-out softball game in Ravenna when a truck driven by Spencer struck their car.

His wife, Amanda, and their daughter, Kaitlynn, came upon the scene in a separate vehicle moments later.

While four months have passed, the day lives on for Amanda.
“Four months!” Amanda wrote on her Facebook page on Tuesday. “That day plays out in my memory every minute of every day. I wish I could go back…I wish I could for the girls and they could have their dad back. Me…??? I miss his voice telling me he loves me. I miss his arms hugging me. I miss his smile. I miss his advice and reassurance that all will be OK. I miss making him dinners. I miss a good argument, miss him laughing at night as I put my cold feet on him. I miss sitting on the couch together and falling asleep in his arms. I cry so much lately that I think I will never wear mascara again. I miss my husband, my best friend and my soulmate.”

Spencer has been free on bond since a couple days after the crash, said his attorney, Terry Nolan.

Read about the family's struggle to move forward, and how the community lifts them up. The full story is in Wednesday's Tribune - pick up a copy or subscribe now to the e-edition of the paper by clicking HERE.



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