Today marks a year-and-a-half since Chad Beisel and Tara Oskam first started dating, and Beisel only can picture them heading to a Detroit Red Wings game right now.
Instead, he joins Oskam's friends and family mourning her death.
The 21-year-old woman, a junior at Calvin College, was killed in a crash late Saturday, March 11, on Broadmoor Avenue and 52nd Street SE. She was driving when another vehicle fleeing the Michigan State Police crashed into them.
Beisel was driving just 10 minutes behind.
"I saw the scene, drove around it, got a call that her roommate heard a loud screech when she was on the phone with her," Beisel said.
Opting not to talk further about the crash, he instead cherishes the memories with Oskam and the plans to head to a hockey game to celebrate an anniversary.
In a statement provided to WZZM 13, Beisel said:
"If there is anything I want people to know, it's that she was everything to me and I long for people to find the same kind of love we had for each other.
"There is not a soul on this world that was as amazing as her and that I hope everyone gets a chance to meet her in heaven."
Calvin College also released a statement saying, in part: "Recognized as a gifted student and campus leader, Tara was loved and admired by many."
A passenger in the vehicle sought by state police also died while its driver was seriously hurt, according to police.
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