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Drunk driver kills Michigan teen praying for accident victim

It is undeniable that drunk driving is dangerous. There are always reports of the damage, injuries, and deaths drunk drivers cause and it only makes sense that drunk drivers are punished even if they miraculously don't injure anyone. Unfortunately one Detroit family is mourning the loss of a daughter after she was killed by a drunk driver in Monroe County.

The 17-year-old woman was driving a Hyundai and returning from Cedar Point with her 17-year-old cousin when they happened across a car crash on Interstate 75. The accident had claimed the life of a 58-year-old father and injured his 28-year-old son. Another motorist was also injured. The girls stopped to say a prayer for the victims when they were struck by a drunk driver.

As the girls were praying, the drunk driver approached, traveling south in the northbound lane. A Michigan State Police trooper believes that the driver was speeding, driving at approximately 70 miles per hour. The trooper also suspects that he had been in the wrong lane for three to four miles before he hit the teenagers because there were no skid marks near the accident scene.

The girl, unfortunately, did not survive. The speed of the drunk driver's pickup truck was sufficient to kill the girl on impact. The cousin was lucky enough to have escaped with non-life threatening injuries. She was taken to Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in Trenton. The drunk driver did suffer minor injuries, but he claims he cannot remember anything.

The Monroe Evening News reports that the driver was at a bar on Fort Street prior to the accident. The investigating trooper also found empty beer cans in the truck and a half-empty keg in the back.

Source: Monroe Evening News, "Two killed in two accidents; charges sought for one," Ray Kisonas, July 19, 2011

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