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Michigan mom, 71, and her son, 53, are killed in car crash on their way to her husband’s funeral 

A mother and her son were on their way to her husband’s funeral, when they were killed in a fatal car crash.

The son’s wife is also in critical condition, fighting for her life at a local hospital, after the crash in Bellevue, Michigan at 9.54am on Friday.

Loralie Hunter, 71, of Bellevue, her son Troy Bass, 53, and daughter-in-law Cindy Bass, had been on route to say their final goodbyes to Ross Hunter, who died on April 10. They were just minutes away from the funeral when a pick-up truck slammed into their Chevy Equinox.

Hunter and her son were killed at the scene, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office said. Cindy was rushed to hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

She and her son, Troy Bass (pictured), sustained fatal injuries when a pick-up truck struck their car

Loralie Hunter, 71, and her son, Troy Bass, 53, were on the way to her husband’s funeral last Friday, when a pick-up truck struck their Chevy Equinox, killing them both

The driver of the pick-up truck, meanwhile, suffered only minor injuries, the sheriff’s office reported. 

Police are now investigating the accident.

‘We have no words and are so numb,’ Kayla Beers, Troy’s daughter-in-law, posted on Facebook the next day, mentioning that her mother-in-law was fighting for her life in the ICU.

Cindy Bass, Troy's wife, was also in the car and is now in the ICU at a local hospital

Cindy Bass, Troy’s wife, was also in the car and is now in the ICU at a local hospital

When she and her husband heard the news, Kayla wrote, they immediately started packing up their car to head to Michigan from their home in California.

‘Heaven has gained some true angels,’ Kayla wrote, ‘We love you guys. You will always be so loved and remembered.’   

Loralie was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on April 8, 1950, and married Larry Bass in 1968, according to her online obituary. Together, they had Troy, Daniel and Michelle (Bass) Bush.

But Loralie’s marriage to Larry Bass did not last, and she started dating Ross Hunter in 1985. They got married in November 1998.

‘Loralie’s infectious personality touched everyone she met, including the stranger in front of her at the grocery store,’ her obituary says. ‘She always made sure to be the first person to call friends and family on their birthdays, often singing over voicemail if they didn’t pick up their phones.’

‘She was a loyal and compassionate person who never hesitated to help a friend in need. Everybody loved her,’ the obituary continues, calling Loralie a woman who would always make sure the stray cats in her neighborhood were fed. 

‘Anyone who was lucky enough to meet Loralie has a fun or hilarious story about something she did or said in their presence.’

Kayla Beers, Troy's daughter-in-law, posted a tribute to him and Loralie following the crash

Kayla Beers, Troy’s daughter-in-law, posted a tribute to him and Loralie following the crash

Troy and Cindy were married in May 2001. Troy was killed in the crash while Cindy remains in hospital

Troy and Cindy were married in May 2001. Troy was killed in the crash while Cindy remains in hospital 

Together, they raised a blended family of three children for nearly 20 years

Together, they raised a blended family of three children for nearly 20 years

Troy, meanwhile, was described in his obituary as ‘an avid outdoorsman’ and an ‘avid Michigan State University fan’ who enjoyed hunting and fishing, teaching others about the trade.

He worked at several different auto manufacturing plants in the area, and was a shift supervisor at Loc Performance when he died.

He had a daughter, Sara, from his first marriage with Michele Ameling, and raised a blended family of three children for nearly 20 years with Cindy Rugg-Beers, whom he married in May 2001.

A funeral for Lorelai and her husband Ross has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on May 1, and a funeral for Troy has not yet been set.

His obituary, however, asks mourners to send memorial contributions in his name to help pay for Cindy’s medical expenses. 

Lorelai is survived by her children, Daniel (Kelly) Bass, Michelle (John) Bush; grandchildren, Kenneth Bass, Sara (Jake) Esselink, Joshua Bass, Hailey French, Brynlee Bass, Clayton (Kayla) Beers, Rachelle Beers, Christina (Jeff) Lipscomb, Jane Bush; six great-grandchildren. 


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