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Drunken Motorist Kills EMU Student

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Demetria Ratchford3 years ago

An East Michigan University student was killed Sunday after her car was struck by a suspected drunk driver.

About the Motor Vehicle Accident

According to WXYZ, 21-year-old Chelsey Northrup was driving southbound along Parker Road in Freedom Township when her vehicle was struck head-on by a suspected drunk driver.

Police say that 36-year-old Garrett Roe was possibly drunk and may have been drinking when he crossed over the median and hit Northrup’s car.

Roe was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries while Northrup died at the scene.

Northrup was a hopeful EMU student who intended on applying to nursing school before her life was cut short.

National Car Crash Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 33,561 people lost their lives in traffic collisions on U.S. roadways in 2012.
  • This marked a 3.3 percent increase over 2011 when 32,479 deaths were reported.
  • Another 2,362,000 people sustained injuries due to traffic collisions, increasing 6.9 percent form 2,217,000 in 2011.
  • Of those killed:
  • Alcohol is suspected to have played a role in roughly 30 percent of all fatal traffic accidents, claiming 10,322 lives.


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