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17-year-old young woman from Detroit killed in wrong-way accident

A 17-year-old female driver from Detroit was killed and her cousin, who is also 17 years old, was injured when their car was struck head on by pickup truck which was heading the wrong way on the interstate. The fatal accident occurred at about 12:25 am on Sunday.

According to law enforcement officials police discovered a bottle of whiskey, a half keg of beer, and other cans of beer in the pickup truck after the accident. The driver of the pickup was also hospitalized. Local news sources indicate that the police intend to seek charges of vehicular manslaughter against the pickup truck driver.

The cousin who survived the accident told authorities that the two young women had just driven past another crash and had said a prayer for the victims of that crash. Moments after going past that wreckage they were struck head-on by the pickup truck.

The young woman who lost her life had just graduated from high school and had enlisted in the army.

While the investigation into this tragic accident likely remains ongoing, based on the amount of alcohol reportedly found in his vehicle it is possible that the pickup truck driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. News reports indicate that authorities may seek additional charges against he pickup truck driver pending the outcome of the investigation.

Speeding and inattentive driving certainly indicate that a driver may not be fulfilling their responsibility to drive in a manner that does not endanger others on the road. While those activities have the potential to cause serious and fatal accidents, the idea of a driver being so reckless so as to drive the wrong way on the freeway is particularly upsetting and tragic.

Source: The Detroit News "Detroit girl dies, cousin injured in I-75 crash near Monroe" Santiago Esparza, July 19, 2011

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