The following letter was recieved from Rev. Mark Gorvette in the West Michigan District:
Thank you for the incredible prayer support that is going up right now on behalf of Rev. Tabor and Julie McComiskey and the Burnips Wesleyan Church family. As many of you will know by now, Julie and their infant son, Taylen, were involved in a car accident that resulted in Taylen’s death and Julie’s extensive burns that will require up to 2 months of hospitalization. Tabor also suffered burns on his right arm and face as he rescued Julie from the flames but he has not been hospitalized and is able to be with Julie through her recovery. No plans have been announced yet for Taylen’s funeral but we will send word as details are available. I want to commend Pastor David Bannach and the Burnips congregation for the ways they have already responded with love and compassion. Please continue to remember Tabor and Julie in your prayers!
There was also a write up on the accident in The Grand Rapids Press: (Direct Link to Article)
Child dies, mom burned in crash
Sunday, September 17, 2006
By John Tunison
The Grand Rapids Press
Members of Burnips Wesleyan Church were praying today after a youth pastor’s wife was seriously burned and their young son killed in a fiery crash Saturday.
Taylen McComiskey, 16 months, died after a milk truck slammed into the back of the car that his mother, Julie McComiskey, was driving on 30th Street near 144th Avenue in Allegan County.
McComiskey’s husband, Tabor — the new youth pastor at Burnips Wesleyan — was helping replace the roof on a parsonage nearby when the crash occurred. He suffered burns on his arms and face after running to the crash to rescue his wife from the car.
Julie McComiskey, 25, was in critical condition Saturday night at the Spectrum Health Blodgett burn center.
Allegan County sheriff’s investigators said Julie McComiskey was driving north on 30th Street at 2:12 p.m. when she slowed to make a left turn into a driveway. The truck driver, Christopher Sneden, 20, of Hudsonville, apparently did not see her stopping and slammed into the back of the car.
The car’s gas tank ruptured, and the gas ignited, soon engulfing both the car and truck in a fireball. Tabor McComiskey managed to pull his wife from the car but could not rescue his son.
Allegan County sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Kuhn said he believe the child was killed upon impact.
Police said Sneden, who was not injured, may have been distracted moments before the crash. The fire consumed the car and the cab of the truck.
Arlene Wesseling, a member of Burnips Wesleyan, said dozens of parishioners gathered Saturday evening for a prayer vigil for the McComiskey family. Parishioners learned Julie McComiskey was burned over 40 percent of her body.
Tabor McComiskey started as the church’s youth pastor about two months ago. He previously served as a youth pastor in Nova Scotia.
“They’re very nice people, a very sweet couple,” Wesseling said.
Tabor was helping several other church members re-roof a parsonage along 30th Street when he witnessed the crash. His wife had just left the parsonage and apparently was turning around to come back when her car was hit.
“I just can’t imagine what they are feeling right now,” Wesseling said.
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