Prayer Vigil Held For Sturgis Teens Injured In Crash
By: Mike Stiles - Tuesday, June 21, 2022

STURGIS - The Sturgis community came together to offer prayers for two teenagers hurt in a multiple vehicle crash.

​According to WWMT, a prayer vigil was held Sunday evening outside Sturgis High School for Fekile Lind and Jillian Romanyk. They were two of the four people who were injured in a crash at U.S. 12 and Burr Oak Road Friday afternoon.

​The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department says the pick up Lind and Romanyk were in was heading west on U.S. 12 just after 4 PM and crossed the center line, striking an SUV, driven by 20 year old Nayeli Delapaz-Arroyo. The pick up continued going west, and struck a van head on, driven by 20 year old Juan Nino-Ramirez.

​The pick up Lind and Romanyk were in became disabled and stopped in the roadway, and was then struck by a second pick up, which was heading east.

​Lind, Romanyk and Ramirez were all flown to a Kalamazoo hospital. Organizers of the prayer vigil say both Lind and Romanyk are paralyzed. No update has been given on Ramirez. A passenger in the Ramirez van was taken to Sturgis Hospital with minor injuries.

​Those who attended the vigil signed posters for the teens, which will be taken to their hospital rooms.

​Go Fund Me pages have been set up for Lind and Romanyk.


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