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Michigan teen killed by drunk driver en route to Thanksgiving trip

Due to an increase in traffic, drunk driving and fatigued driving, among other factors, Thanksgiving week has a reputation as one of the most dangerous times to be out on U.S roadways.

As holiday car accident reports are still being published from the weekend, we do know that at least one fatal accident took place here in Michigan.

A Michigan teenager, 16, was killed in a suspected drunk driving car accident the Sunday before Thanksgiving as he and his family were traveling to the coast for a holiday cruise.

The teenager's father was behind the wheel last Sunday evening on Interstate 77 in South Carolina when the family's sport utility vehicle was struck by a car.

The 16-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene of the car accident. His father, mother, and two siblings, 17 and 7, were injured. Two others in the SUV were also injured. According to a news report published the day after the crash, the 7-year-old was in stable condition and the condition of the others was unknown.

The driver of the car was arrested on three counts of felony driving under the influence of alcohol.

Additional details about the cause of the accident have not been reported.

The father's employer told a newspaper that the family was en route to Florida, where they planned to catch a cruise to the Bahamas, when the accident occurred.

This is a tragic event for which no amount of compensation will lessen the emotional expense. Survivors of drunk driving car accidents may file personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against drunk drivers to obtain compensation for medical treatment, funeral expenses and pain and suffering, in order to ensure the heartbreak is not accompanied by financial burdens.

Source: toledoblade.com, "Michigan teen dies in crash with suspected drunk driver," Nov. 19, 2012

  • Our Ann Arbor law firm handles personal injury and wrongful death cases in Michigan.

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