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Bay City Western senior killed in car crash

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BAY CITY (WJRT) - (06/02/14) - Graduation weekend in one Bay County community will be somber this year.

A 17-year-old Bay City Western senior, who was looking forward to getting his diploma, was killed in a car accident over the weekend.

Police say Ryon LaLonde was the only person in a pickup truck that went off Mackinaw Road in Kawkawlin Township early Sunday morning.

The crash happened just after 3 a.m., but because of the darkness, people in the area didn't realize what had happened.

"The impact, on us, it's very sorrowful here," said Lori Lee Knorr, who lives near the crash scene.

Knorr lives on Mackinaw Road in Kawkawlin Township. She says the noise from fans blowing in her house early Sunday morning probably covered up the sound of the crash right in front of her home.

"Seeing that, the velocity of the crash, the impact, I don't believe there was any suffering," Knorr said.

Knorr's neighbor did hear the crash around 3:15 Sunday morning, but saw nothing when they looked outside. The crash was discovered around 6 a.m., when another area resident was going to work.

Since Sunday, Knorr and her family have seen a steady stream of cars go by, with some of LaLonde's classmates stopping.

"I have never seen young men cry and sob the way that he had, the way they had, which tells me he was a very good person," Knorr said.

Grief counselors were on hand at Bay City Western, where students and staff are preparing for graduation ceremonies on Sunday.

Principal Judy Cox calls LaLonde an all-around good student. She says classmates told her he loved fishing and would help anyone at anytime.

Knorr expects to have more visitors over the next few days.

"I want the family, the mom, the dad, the friends to know they are welcome to come over, we hope to set up some type of cross memorial for them," she said.

Police suspect that alcohol played a factor in the crash.
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