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Durham woman dies after car wreck in Mich.

Posted July 31, 2009 9:01 p.m. EDT
Updated August 1, 2009 10:36 p.m. EDT

— A Durham woman injured in a Michigan car wreck died Friday, according to a hospital nursing supervisor.

Jonel Hoogterp, 26, had been in a medically-induced coma at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette, Mich. The decision was made on Friday to remove her from life-support, friends told WRAL News.

Services will be held on Thursday in Michigan.

Hoogterp was among three people injured Saturday when police say 28-year-old Dustan Lyle Bowen of Sanford, Mich. drove into a crowd of people walking along the side of a road in St. Ignace, Mich.

The crash killed Hoogterp’s partner, 31-year-old Julie Hatch of Durham, and 24-year-old Sara Dobbrastine of Kent City, Mich.

Friends said the two were hit while attending a gathering for Hoogterp’s family reunion. Friends said Dobbrastine was engaged to one of Hoogterp's relatives.

“They absolutely loved each other, but they loved everybody else,” said friend Anne Watson. “These two young ladies were full of life."

Bowen faces charges, including second-degree murder and failing to stop at the scene of an accident. He was jailed on a $1 million bond.