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17-year-old Girl Killed, Parents Injured in Multi-vehicle Wreck


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According to MLive, a 17-year-old girl died and her parents sustained injuries after a multiple-vehicle wreck involving an alleged drunk driver in Alpine Township, Michigan, on Sunday afternoon.

Details of the Fatal Accident

Police say the family of three traveled north on Fruit Ridge Avenue at around 3:40 p.m. local time when the fatal crash occurred. A 39-year-old man driving west on 6 Mile Road NW ran the stop sign at the intersection with Fruit Ridge Avenue, crashing his car into the family’s van.

After the initial collision, a southbound pickup truck slammed into the van, according to MLive. Megan Cook, the 17-year-old passenger of the van, died at the scene of the collision. Her parents, 49-year-old Beth Cook and 53-year-old Randall Cook sustained non-life-threatening injuries and received treatment at an area hospital.

The unidentified 39-year-old driver and the driver of the pickup truck did not suffer from injuries, reports MLive. Although the crash is currently under investigation, officials believe alcohol to be a factor in the deadly crash.

Alcohol-impaired Driving Accident Statistics

The following information regarding impaired driving is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 9,967 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
  • Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities decreased by 1.4 percent from 2013 to 2014.
  • Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities have accounted for 30 to 32 percent of all crash fatalities since 1995.
  • Over 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2014 (CDC).

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