'Loved and admired by many': Calvin College remembers student killed in crash

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Following the death of a Calvin College student in a multi-vehicle car crash Saturday night, President Michael Le Roy sent a statement to the community this morning:

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am deeply saddened to inform you that we have lost a member of our college community. Tara Oskam, a junior at Calvin College from Grand Rapids, Michigan was killed in a traffic accident around 10 p.m. last night. She was a South Christian High School graduate, a speech pathology major and lived with friends in the campus apartments. Recognized as a gifted student and campus leader, Tara was loved and admired by many.

Please join with us in praying that God’s peace will guard the hearts and minds of Tara’s family and friends as they walk through this difficult time and for one another as we grieve the loss of a beloved member of our Calvin community. Please also know that staff in our Broene Counseling Center (616-526-6123) and Campus Ministries offices (616-526-8861) are here to support you as you process this news.

The community will gather to pray during tonight's LOFT service at 8 p.m. in the College Chapel. We will send along more information when it becomes available.

With a heavy heart,

Michael Le Roy
President

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Around 10 p.m. Saturday, March 11, Michigan State Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop in Kentwood. The suspect refused to stop, starting a chase. 

The suspect traveled east, crashing into Oskam who was driving northbound in the intersection of 52nd Street and Broadmoor. She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A passenger in the suspect vehicle was also pronounced dead at the scene and the driver sustained serious injuries but was last reported in stable condition.

Police shut down northbound Broadmoor while they investigated the scene.

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