A well-known father and daughter from Kingsley died on Sunday morning in a tragic accident involving a snow-plow truck. And now the tight-knit community of Kingsley is struggling to make sense of the incredible loss of 52 year-old David Pipoly and his 13 year-old daughter Christa.
State Police say the accident happened at around 8:55am Sunday morning at the intersection of Summit City Road and Sparling Road near the Village of Kingsley.
The initial investigation shows that a Grand Traverse County Road Commission plow truck was traveling northbound on Summit City Rd when a vehicle travelling westbound on Sparling Rd failed to stop at the intersection. The westbound vehicle entered the intersection and was struck by the plow truck killing the driver and one of the passengers.
The driver who was killed was identified as David Pipoly, a 52 year-old male from Kingsley. The passenger who was killed was identified as his daughter, 13 year old Christa Pipoly. Kingsley school officials, as well as friends of the Pipoly's tell 7&4 News the third passenger in the car was David's oldest daughter Noelle, who is a junior in High School. She is home from the hospital. 7&4 News is also told that the driver of the snow plow truck is also recuperating at home.
The traffic crash remains under investigation by Michigan State Police. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.
On Monday, there was an extremely emotional gathering at Kingsley Middle School, where dozens of the Pipoly's close friends and school officials came together, trying to cope with the devastating tragedy.
Jeff Musser, one of David Pipoly's best friends, says, ??He was a Super-dad! He would do anything for anyone, especially his kids. He was involved in a lot of things. We coached together, softball with our daughters, basketball with our daughters. He was involved with 4H with us...?? Musser goes on to say Christa was a lot like her father and they had a close bond, he says, "Christa was the type of child who always had a smile on her face no matter what the situation. She was very goofy and funny, brought a smile to everyone's face."
On Tuesday, Kingsley school officials are bringing in local clergy members and counselors from surrounding schools to help students and faculty through this difficult time.
A visitation will be held for both David J. Pipoly and Christa Rosalynne Pipoly on Wednesday at the Kingsley High School Gymnasium from 4-8 p.m. A celebration of their lives will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. also at the gymnasium.
A special service for Christa's School and community will be held at 4 p.m. Kingsley Schools will have a half day on Thursday so students may attend the services.
Covell Funeral Home of Kingsley will be handling the funeral arrangements. To share condolences or fond memories of David or Christa, click here.