Siblings place cross at scene of fatal crash

Jared Pilczuk (undated photo)

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Memorial arrangements are set for a Grand Rapids Catholic High School senior killed in a March 16 crash near Belmont.

Kent County deputies said 18-year-old Jared Pilczuk of Rockford was on Egypt Valley Avenue when he turned left onto Cannonsburg Road, into the path of another vehicle.

Authorities responding to a fatal crash at the intersection of Egypt Valley Avenue and Cannonsburg Road in Cannon Township on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Pilczuk died at the scene. His brother, 14-year-old Nicholas Pilczuk, was seriously injured in the crash but had been upgraded to fair condition, administrators from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday. The other driver was treated and released from the hospital.

Tuesday evening, family members invited 24 Hour News 8 to the scene of the crash as they placed a cross there to serve as a memorial. Jared Pilczuk’s older brother, Samuel Pilczuk, said he made the cross “from one brother to another.”

Siblings also planted spring flowers near the cross and remembered how their brother was always full of humor.

“Super funny. He could make any situation hilarious,” his sister, Kathryn Pilczuk, said.

She said her brother planned to attend the University of Michigan to study history or law.

Visitation for Jared Pilczuk will take place Thursday, from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church. The church will hold a second visitation Friday at 10 a.m. before Jared’s burial mass at 11 a.m., according to his online obituary.