Grosse Pointe South High School students painted the school’s rock, in Grosse Pointe Farms, to honor their classmate and friend Finn Huston, 15, who died earlier this month after being struck by a vehicle while riding a bike in Grosse Pointe City.

Grosse Pointe South High School students painted the school’s rock, in Grosse Pointe Farms, to honor their classmate and friend Finn Huston, 15, who died earlier this month after being struck by a vehicle while riding a bike in Grosse Pointe City.

Photo by Deb Jacques


South student remembered after fatal collision

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published October 22, 2019

GROSSE POINTE CITY/GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Grosse Pointe Public School System community is mourning the loss of a Grosse Pointe South High School student who died a few days after being struck by a car while riding a bicycle Oct. 10.

At the district’s Oct. 14 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Gary Niehaus asked for a 30-second moment of silence to remember the 15-year-old sophomore. He also gave a statement at the board table about the incident.

“(We) received notice Monday (Oct. 14) that one of the students, Finn Huston, died from injuries he sustained,” Niehaus said. “There’s no word to share how profoundly sad we feel. Finn will always be remembered as an energetic and engaged student who was loved by both adults and students at South. As (South) Principal (Moussa) Hamka shared, we all feel unique pain when young lives are lost.”

During the meeting, Niehaus indicated that if parents notice that their children are in need of professional mental health care because of their grief, they are are encouraged to let their children’s teachers or school mental health personnel know. Parents also can call (313) 432-3500 if their child would like to speak to a mental health staff member in the district during the school week.

Counseling also was available to students in South’s Cleminson Hall after the accident. Parents dealing with the tragedy also were encouraged to talk to someone.

“One of the best ways we can help our children is to acknowledge their feelings as an active listener and maintain daily routines while supporting their grieving process,” Niehaus said. “South staff will be working with our students, staff, parents and community to determine how we can best remember Finn. Not only are we grieving for the loss of Finn, but we are also seeking to support the other student involved in the accident. Keep them both in your thoughts and prayers.”

At about 9:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Huston was riding a bicycle reportedly on a sidewalk and was struck by a car — driven by a 17-year-old South student — when crossing at the intersection of Lakeland Street and Jefferson Avenue in Grosse Pointe City.

“The car was driving toward Jefferson on Lakeland from Mack Avenue,”  Grosse Pointe City Director of Public Safety Stephen Poloni said.

Huston was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe City and then transferred to Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, according to Poloni. Huston died a few days later from his injuries.

“This is a tragedy for both of the families,” Poloni said.

The Grosse Pointe City Public Safety Department continues to investigate the collision.

“We still do not have a report to release at this point. We’re still waiting on results from several things that would be coming from Michigan State Police,” Poloni said. “We’re working along with them on the investigation. We will be waiting for that. That will surely be a couple more weeks, I would assume.”