SL grad dies following crash in California

Becky Vargo • Aug 31, 2018 at 7:00 AM

A 2015 Spring Lake High School graduate has reportedly died from injuries he received in a car crash that also killed his grandparents.

The announcement was made on a GoFundMe account created for the Michigan family following the Aug. 21 crash in Susanville, California. 

“It is with extreme sadness that we share the news that Jarred (Coleman) has passed away due to complications related to his brain injury,” Jennifer Mesler wrote in an update posted Wednesday on the GoFundMe page.

Mesler wrote that family members were traveling home from the wedding of Jarred’s sister, Jordan Coleman, a 2009 Spring Lake High School graduate.

Brothers Ethan and Jarred, as well as Jarred’s girlfriend, Hannah, were traveling with grandparents Ron and Joann Coleman when they were involved in a multi-vehicle crash on U.S. 395 near Susanville, according to Mesler’s post. Susanville is approximately 300 miles northeast of San Francisco. 

A press release from the California Highway Patrol noted that the elder Colemans were from Indiana.

Police said that Douglas Hansken of Chester, California, was driving north in a pickup truck when he swerved into the southbound lanes and sideswiped a Chevrolet at about 1:30 p.m. Hansken’s pickup then struck the Colemans’ Hyundai head-on, overturned and hit a Ford.

Ron and Joann Coleman were pronounced dead at the scene. Hansken was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Reno, Nevada, for treatment of major injuries, police said.

Jarred Coleman was transported to a Reno hospital, where he was treated for critical injuries until his death this week.

No information was provided on Ethan or Hannah.

Hansken was still hospitalized as of Thursday, but should be released in the near future, said Kristen Willburn, public information officer for the California Highway Patrol. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries, she said.

Hansken was arrested for gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence. Police are still investigating the crash and are talking to the district attorney about other possible charges, Wilburn said.

A GoFundMe page has been established at www.gofundme.com/wdj8y-coleman-family for the Coleman family to help with medical care, travel and burial expenses, missed work, and unexpected costs associated with the crash.

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