17 yr Old Petoskey HS Student Dies in Car Crash on His Birthday

EMMET COUNTY, MI – On September 29th, 2014 Spencer Tibbits turned 17 years old.  It was also the day that he died in a one vehicle car accident.Spencer Tibits

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office investigated a fatal single traffic crash which occurred on September 28, 2014, on Johnson Hill Road, Readmond Township, according to Sheriff Pete Wallin.

A 1989 Ford Bronco, driven by Spencer David Tibbits, 17-years-old, Pellston, Mi., was traveling south on Johnson Hill when he lost control going around a curve, went down an embankment and stuck several trees.

Tibbits was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the lone occupant in the vehicle.

Spencer Tibbits was a junior at Petoskey High School.

A fund has been set up to assist the family with funeral expenses.  At this time a total of $9,500 has been donated.  If you wish to donate to his funeral expenses, please follow this link:  http://www.gofundme.com/f6ipb4

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Readmond Friendship Fire Department, Harbor Springs Fire Department, Allied EMS and the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office Victim Service Unit.

The accident remains under investigation.


Spencer David Tibbits, 17, of Larks Lake, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, near his home.

He was born Sept. 28, 1997, in Petoskey. He lived in the Petoskey/Charlevoix area until he was in the sixth-grade, then in Fort Collins, Colo., for a short time before returning to Northern Michigan, where he’s lived the last 3 1/2 years in Larks Lake.

Spencer was in the 11th-grade at Petoskey High School, and worked at Randy’s Mighty Good Pizza. He enjoyed video games, nature, music — especially the Wagon Wheel Song — four-wheeling, the color blue, writing and drawing.

He loved his brother and sisters with all he had. He was the kindest young man with a gentle soul, and never put himself first.

Spencer is survived by his parents, Rebecca (Martin) and Tim Burger, of Tiverton, R.I., Christian and Jill Tibbits of Larks Lake; brother, Zachary Tibbits, of Larks Lake; sisters, Scarlett and Libby Burger, of Tiverton; grandparents, Stan and Carol Martin, of Charlevoix, Gary and Trisha Tibbits of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Cathleen Tibbits of Mackinaw City, Thomas and Gayle Runquist of Leesburg, Va., Nancy Burger of Cheboygan; great-grandparents, Ethel Krepps of Dearborn, Dora Czerkie of Petoskey, Modell DeBell of Sanford; many aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins and countless friends.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Community Reformed Church in Charlevoix.

The funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Community Reformed Church where Spencer’s family will greet friends from 11 a.m. until noon.

Memorial contributions may be made to www.gofundme.com.

Sign Spencer’s guestbook at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com.

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