Elizabeth “Liz” Poyer loved to sing.
“She would sing along to the radio,” said Tonya Sheerin, manager of Cost Cutters in Grand Haven, where Poyer had worked the past two years. “Her smile and her laugh were very contagious.”
Poyer, a 26-year-old Grand Haven woman, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Friday at a Saginaw Hospital. A memorial service was planned for today in Eaton Rapids.
Poyer had been in a coma since Feb. 20 when she was involved in a head-on crash in Isabella County, officials said. The crash happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. on M-20 near Littlefield Road, a few miles east of Mount Pleasant.
Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said the investigation is continuing into the crash that also injured 19-year-old James Stork of Stanwood.
Police said Poyer was traveling west in a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier when she tried to pass two other westbound vehicles. She did not have enough time to pass both vehicles and ended up striking an eastbound 2001 Ford Taurus driven by Stork.
Both drivers were the only occupants of their cars. Police said they were both wearing seat belts and had to be extricated by emergency personnel.
The highway was shut down during the rescue operation and investigation.
Mioduszewski said both drivers suffered serious injuries and were transported to McLaren Central Michigan Hospital. Poyer was transferred to Covenant Health Care in Saginaw, while Stork was taken to Spectrum Health Hospital in Grand Rapids.
“Alcohol was believed to be a factor with regard to Ms. Poyer,” the sheriff said.
Toxicology test results will not be available for a while, he said.
The Tribune contacted Poyer’s relatives in Grand Haven, but did not receive a return call before press time. Her parents were also unavailable to talk at the time.
Poyer’s obituary noted that she was a 2005 graduate of Eaton Rapids High School. She enjoyed the beach, shopping with her mother, gardening, bowling, volleyball, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Elizabeth Poyer Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.