Authorities report that Nicole Ridgeway, 17, was driving north on Elk Lake Road at about 8:00 a.m. Saturday, October 27, when she lost control of her car on a curve and slid across the road into a power pole. The Elk Rapids High School senior was rushed to Munson Medical Center with passengers Jonathan Hosner, 20, of Elk Rapids and Andrew Bussa, 20, of Kewadin. Nicole Ridgeway died shortly after the crash while Andrew Bussa died at Munson Sunday and Hosner was found to be in fair condition at the hospital on Monday.
A passing vehicle noticed the accident at approximately 8:15 a.m. and called 911. The Jaws of Life had to be used to extricate the victims from the car accident scene. Nicole Ridgeway was known around the Elk Rapids community as a very bright and well rounded teen who had thoughts of attending college and majoring in psychology.
Services for Ms. Ridgeway were held at the Elk Rapids High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Services for Andrew Bussa were held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Charles Street from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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Mr. Smith has practiced as a trial attorney since graduating Notre Dame Law School in 1992. He has litigated cases across the country including cases from Ventura County, California to Middlesex County, New Jersey. He practices in both State and Federal courts.