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Teen girl killed in possible drunk driving accident

A 17-year-old girl in Michigan was killed in a three-car collision on Nov. 13. The crash took place at 3:40 p.m. in Alpine Township. A 39-year-old man was driving a Ford Taurus westbound on 6 Mile Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign and hit a Pontiac Montana that was traveling northbound on Fruit Ridge Avenue. The initial collision pushed the Pontiac into the path of a southbound Chevrolet Silverado.

A 49-year-old woman was driving the Pontiac with her 53-year-old husband and 17-year-old daughter riding in the passenger seats. The 17-year-old passenger was pronounced dead. The girl's parents were taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The 60-year-old man who was driving the Chevrolet and the 39-year-old man who was driving the Ford did not sustain any injuries in the accident. Kent County Sheriff's deputies and Alpine Fire and Life Ambulance responded to the scene of the accident. Though the investigation was not complete at the time that the accident was reported, the Kent County Sheriff's Department said that it believes alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

The family members of a person who has been killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver often have to deal with financial issues along with their grief. Even if the decedent wasn't the household breadwinner, funeral and burial expenses have to be met. An attorney could assist them in seeking compensation for these losses through the filing of a wrongful death civil lawsuit against the impaired motorist. In some cases noneconomic damages such as loss of companionship might be awarded by a jury if the lawsuit is successful.

Source: Michigan Live, "Police believe alcohol involved in 3-car crash that killed 17-year-old," Malachi Barrett, Nov. 13, 2016

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