Alpena Teenager Dies in Car Accident

ALPENA, MI – Family and friends are mourning the loss of Samantha Lyn Schrader, a 16-year old Alpena High School girl, who died as the result of a one car auto accident over the weekend.police

Police and EMS were called out on Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at about 8:45 pm to a one car vehicle accident that occurred on Herron Road west of Alpena.

Emergency crews located a small Dodge car that had left the roadway and came to rest after crashing sideways against a tree.

It is believed Schrader lost control of her vehicle on the gravel road causing it to slide off of the road where it struck the tree.

The Jaws of Life were used to remove her from the car.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Grief counselors were called into the Alpena Senior High School to assist students with the loss of their friend and classmate.

There was no indication of any alcohol or drug related factors to the crash. Speed is considered to be more of a cause of the accident.  The crash remains under investigation.


Samantha Lyn Schrader

October 27, 1997 – September 7, 2014

Samantha Lyn Schrader, 16, of Alpena, passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2014, as a result of an automobile accident.

Samantha was born in Alpena on October 27, 1997. She was a lovely, vibrant, energetic, and brilliant young woman, excelling in all that she did. Samantha was an academic achiever, scoring in the top 3% of the A.C.T, and a member of the AHS Marching Band. Her mind was creative, her personality divine, and her soul beautiful. Samantha enjoyed camping, the outdoors, kayaking, and her dog Leroy. Her smile would light up a room. Her leadership, sense of adventure and sense of humor were extraordinary. She will be sorrowfully missed by all.

Samantha is survived by her loving family: her parents, Gary and Shannon Schrader; sister, Meagan; brother, Ben; grandparents, Chuck and Emily Daoust, Carolyn and Norm Brown, Gary and Nancy Schrader; great-grandparents, Norma Murphy and Floyd and Eleanor Schrader; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and her dearest friends.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Edward and Regina Werda.

Visitation for family and friends will be at the Bannan Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday at First United Methodist Church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Eugene Bacon officiating.

Interment: Evergreen Cemetery

Memorials may be made to the family of Samantha or Alpena High School Band Program

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