BELVIDERE TOWNSHIP — The Montabella community is mourning the loss of two young men and the injuries of a third after a fiery car accident in the early morning hours of Monday.
William Amble, 19, of Six Lakes, Triston McAllister-Harris, 17, of Mount Pleasant, and Trucker Shattuck, 19, of Six Lakes, were all in a 1999 Plymouth Breeze going south on Musson Road near Deaner Road around 1 a.m. when the vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree.
Amble, who was driving, escaped the vehicle, which was quickly engulfed in flames.
McAllister-Harris and Shattuck — who were cousins — were both killed in the crash.
Amble was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, with serious injuries. He was later upgraded to fair condition.
The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post has not yet released the cause of the crash, which remains under investigation.
McAllister-Harris was the son of Alfred McAllister and Natasha Harris. He also leaves behind a sister, Tanisha, 20, three brothers, Taron, 15, Trenton, 13, and Tation, 11.
“Triston’s the type of person who gave to everyone,” said his mother, Natasha Harris of Mount Pleasant. “He put everybody before himself. He was so fun, he loved to have fun. He loved football and hunting and dancing to dubstep.”
Natasha Harris said the three young men were on their way to see a girl in the early morning hours of Monday. She said they had stopped and filled up several gasoline containers at a relative’s barn for car fuel. Natasha believes the fuel in the gasoline cans caused the fire after the crash.
Natasha said her son shared an odd thought with her shortly before the accident.
“The night before the car accident, he said, ‘Mom, I’m gonna die young,’” she recalled. “I said, ‘Don’t say that.’ He said, ‘The good die young.’ The next day he died.
“He was my firstborn son,” she said, breaking down in tears.
Shattuck was the son of Allen Shattuck II and Charles and Janetta Sadler. He also leaves behind siblings, Allen Shattuck III, Dusten Sadler, David Shattuck, Summer White and Aden Shattuck.
Peggy Harris of Mount Pleasant is the cousins’ grandmother.
“They were always together,” Peggy Harris lovingly recalled. “They always did everything together. It’s unfortunate that they had to go together, but I don’t think they would have made it without each other.”
Amble, McAllister-Harris and Shattuck were all former students of Montabella Community Schools and were currently students at West Michigan Virtual in Edmore. Frank Sebastian is the director of the Edmore center, which serves Montabella and Vestaburg students.
“Around our place, all three of these guys were just good guys, never any problems with any of them,” Sebastian said. “They were all very, very tight.
Sebastian said the three young men were always encouraging each other and pushing each other to work toward their goals at school.
“Trucker was just a few classes short of graduation,” Sebastian said. “Just a couple days ago he expressed a tremendous amount of excitement about working on his educational goals. Triston was certainly moving in a very positive direction with his studies too. We would have protected him to be able to graduate in the next year and a half.
“They were very bright, energetic young guys,” he said. “They were very friendly, very outgoing. They were very well-liked, good guys, all of them.”
A double funeral for McAllister-Harris and Shattuck will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Cedar Lake Seventh-day Aventist Church. Vistation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church. A community luncheon will follow the service.
Brigham Funeral Chapel in Edmore is in charge of funeral arrangements.
A Facebook page titled “Rest in Paradise Memories of Triston and Trucker” has been created for friends to share recollections of the young men.