Teen Struck by Allegedly Intoxicated Driver Dies at Scene of Accident

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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2017 – Two teens were walking home from spending a day in the park when an allegedly intoxicated driver struck them.

On June 28, 2016, a 15- and 16-year-old girl, were walking home from a day in the park when they were struck by an intoxicated driver. A witness reports the 51-year-old female driver was traveling at 50 mph when she drove into a newly curved section of the road under construction; she missed the curve and hit the girls. The 15-year-old died at the scene and the 16-year-old sustained two broken legs, leaving her wheelchair bound. According to police reports, the driver was under the influence of a drug cocktail including codeine and methamphetamine.

The deceased teen’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver, the city and an off-duty California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer. The driver pled not guilty to the DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter.

According to case documents, the city allegedly knew there was a section of road that posed a danger to bicyclists and pedestrians, but had done nothing to attempt to address the issue. Additionally, the off-duty police officer who had been driving right behind the woman saw her swerve off the shoulder and back over the yellow line before the accident. The plaintiffs allege that the CHP officer knew or should have known that the driver was acting erratically, but he did not stop her. At trial the officer said he could not pull the driver over as he was in his private vehicle.

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