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Community mourns after fatal crash in Hartford Twp.
HARTFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Funeral arrangements are being made for four women following a deadly crash in Van Buren County.
It happened Saturday night at the corner of County Road 687 and 66th Avenue in Hartford Township when another driver slammed into their car.
The women were on their way home from a church event when they were all killed and now their families and church family are trying to come to terms with the huge loss.
67-year-old Celeste Phillips of Hartford was driving. She held bible study on Thursdays. 56-year-old Kathryn Maya of Kalamazoo was married to the pastor for 34 years. A mother and grandmother, 51-year-old Charlotte Seiber of Hartford was considered a leader of the church along with 56-year-old Lou Ann Holcomb of Hartford.
They all belonged to Keeler General Baptist and had just left Ladies Night there, driving home in heavy snowfall when their car was stuck by a 26-year-old driver who missed a stop sign.
We talked to two of the women's husbands. Both told us this is a huge loss, not only for them, but the entire community.
“It's hard enough to lose my wife, but to lose three others with her. They were prominent members here, they're going to be sorely missed," said Efrain Maya.
“Loving, caring, she didn't meet strangers. She loved everybody," said Vernon Holcomb.
Both men tell us they have no anger for the driver who missed that stop sign. They say the weather was a huge factor in the crash.
We are still waiting to learn funeral arrangements for the four women and will pass them along as soon as we get them.