By James Schugel, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —It was supposed to be a day to celebrate. Now, a Milaca family is grieving the loss of their 12-year-old son after he died in a rollover crash Thursday morning.

Micah Roelofs was on his way to school when the crash happened west of the City of Pease in Milo Township. His 17-year-old sister was driving, and it was her birthday.

It was icy on 125th Avenue, so when the SUV hit the ice, it did a tail spin and flipped several times. Micah was in the backseat and wasn’t wearing his seatbelt, according to the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office. He was partially ejected and died at the scene.

His parents, Mary and Tom Roelofs, got to the crash just minutes after it happened. Their pastor also got their quickly and was able to help them.

Micah’s older brother and friend were also in the car, but walked away OK.

Micah’s parents remember his desire to help people and his can-do attitude, but now they’re the ones being helped by their community following his death. They say Micah, the youngest of six children, loved snowmobiling, soccer and wrestling.

Now, the family is getting help from their Church, too.

With sad faces and heavy hearts, children and parents came to Princeton’s New Life Church to express grief and express gratitude for knowing Micah.

“Amidst all the sadness, we have a lot to be thankful for. And we’ll get through this with God’s help. We’ll get through through this with family,” said Micah’s mother.

Micah’s sister is having a very tough time dealing with her brother’s death, according to her parents.

Micah’s family wants people to remember their son’s accomplishments and remember what he didn’t do. Had he used his seat belt, they believe he would still be alive.

“We will miss him everyday,” said Micah’s mother.

The Mille Lacs County Sheriff says at least two were wearing their seat belts.

Comments (27)
  1. hmoob Lee says:

    damn sad story

  2. Katie says:

    And they were all family but the younger girl.

  3. Ciera says:

    is that a joke? families are grieving the loss of a child and that in what you have to comment? that is not right.

    1. Me says:

      Is trying to learn from tragedy really that bad?? What exactly is wrong with the previous comment? Even the family said to remember to wear a seat belt, so what is so wrong about remembering to restrict the amount of passengers a 17 year old can drive with?…Of course to be fair I think legally a 17 year old can drive with as many of their own family members as they want.

      1. Mark says:

        It’s just tactless. Have that conversation a little later…

  4. Albatross says:

    I turned this story off while watching TV tonight. I don’t think it’s appropriate to air the weeping of a grieving mother on the day her child dies. I watched KSTP. Have some human decency, people.

    1. Tammy says:

      I agree that we need to let this family grieve. But, they requested KSTP to come interview them so nobody would have to go through what they are going through. They want everyone to not make the same mistake, and wear their seat belts. Like Micah’s mother said “if he had been wearing his seat belt; this probably would have turned out differently. Everyone else walked away.” My thoughts and prayers are with Micah and his family. May God hold you in His loving arms and continue to give you strength in the days ahead.

  5. Joe says:

    you can have as many family member as you want in the car even if you are under 18. Not sure about the brothers friend though.

  6. Cyndy Jones says:

    I am sadden when i heard about what happened to Micah was such a loving and caring child…i have known the family since 2001 they were there for me when my 6 wk old son passed away…,li am trying to understand how something like this could happen to suck a loving family…im not gonna say her name because idk if i can but M dont be hard on your self things happen beyond our control Micah wouldnt want u to be so hard on ur self love u guys lots and if u need anything my family and i are here for u

  7. Dan says:

    Thoughts and prayers to this family. Especially to the older sister who will be forever burdened with the guilt of not making her little brother buckle up. She made a mistake that will haunt her for the rest of her life.

    1. AB says:

      I come against that statement. I speak words of life in his sister that she will over come guilt and blame and burden will not carry her. She will find forgiveness and grace for herself. Through Christ who strengthens us all things are possible. Gods mercy is new every morning and I pray peace and love in her heart…. She will not be haunted but blessed with wisdom and strength. God never allows us to go through things more then what we can handle and blame is not for us to lay down.

      In Jesus name I pray!!!!!! AMen

  8. Earthman 2020 says:

    Sad story, thoughts are prayers are with this family. Sure, he should have been wearing his seatbelt, but most likely this accident never would have happened in the first place had the road not been icy. By Thursday morning that road should have been safe to drive on. Why wasn’t it? Perhaps because somebody somewhere was thinking more about how to save on their snow removal budget for the year as opposed to providing a safe road to travel on? 125th Ave is also known as County Road 5, is it not? Doesn’t Mille Lacs county take care of it’s county roads properly? The taxpayers of this community should be asking some serious questions about this matter. All that being said, this story should serve as a reminder to all just how important it is to slow down when driving on ice and to always wear a seatbelt.

    1. oh oh says:

      Some Union plow driver didn’t do his job?

  9. Trevor says:

    Oh Micah, you will be missed dearly! as a very close friend of the family this news completely destroyed my day. So sad to see this happen to such an amazing, wonderful family. He will be missed dearly but I think they will find a way (and already have) to use this for some good. I know a lot of young kids will hopefully learn a tough lesson by Micah’s mistake. My prayers go out to his sister that she won’t let this define her life and that she will be stronger through it!

  10. K says:

    I for the first six months you can only have one non-family member in the vehicle. Two of the passengers were family, the other was not.

    1. Friend says:

      Thanks for clarifying

      1. Rai says:

        Yes, thanks for clarifying, I honestly just wanted to know. I was not trying to offend anyone or cause a problem….
        I am sorry

  11. Kay says:

    You really have no clue. This is an amazingly responsible girl driving carefully. The roads were very bad. They were on a very quiet country road, going to school. The fault was not wearing a seat belt. end of story. Maybe look up how many skid outs and accidents have happened this year b/c of icy roads. Maybe the hundreds of them were ALL TEENS…. not.

  12. Lynn says:

    What right do any of you have to judge? They were going to school, not out parting. If you knew the family you would know that she was responsible enough to drive her brothers to school. My heart and prayers go out to the whole family. I hope you can find peace and keep Micah’s memories happy.

  13. Friend says:

    What an ignorant post. I feel sorry for you…

  14. Friend says:

    Your ignorance is really coming out in full sight. Let me guess, you have some great opinions on Asians and old people and men as well, right? Why don’t you put them all out there and really show your true colors.

  15. Cindy says:

    You can have a 40 year old with 20+ experience of driving making mistakes on icy roads! If you do not have anything intelligent to post maybe you should avoid posting anything and not show your ignorance. My sympathies to Mica’s family. Accidents accure and they are called accidents because they are unpreventable.

  16. Jen Chapman Martinson says:

    Praying for this family.

  17. Nancy says:

    I pray you never have to feel the pain this family is feeling and if you do I hope nobody will post such an insensitive remark as the one you posted.

  18. Nancy says:

    You really need to quit posting. You do not know the family and you have NO idea what you are talking about!!!!

    1. A Mother says:

      Amen Nancy!!! I dont even know this family and these comments posted by this Valerie person are truly disturbing!! Just STOP!! this poor family has enough to deal with! Geez!!!

  19. Andrea says:

    Look at the laws BEFORE you comment so harshly! According to Minnesota laws, a 17-year old CAN drive family members!

    This 17-year old should not be blamed! She needs to be freed from guilt! We all have made driving errors – and have not had consequences. Please consider her feelings before saying anything more negative about her. She is a sweet girl – with tons of potential – and she loves the Lord. We need to allow her to blossom into who God wants her to be and not weigh her down. If all of us could use our words to encourage rather than destroy, our world would be better off!

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