16-year-old to appear in Macomb Juvenile Court in August

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A Macomb Township teen has been charged for causing a June car crash that injured several people.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said his office is charging the 16-year-old with two felony counts of reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function in connection with the June 12 crash in Macomb Township that involved multiple vehicles.

The charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison under Michigan law.

Smith said the teen has cooperated with investigators and is scheduled to appear in Macomb County Juvenile Court on the charges in August.

"As parents, we must constantly remind our children of the dangers associated with distracted driving, while setting an example for them while we are driving ourselves," Smith said in a statement issued by the Macomb County Sheriff's Office. "Tragically, too many lives are changed forever by distracted driving. In the mere seconds it takes to open or respond to a text, or to make or answer a phone call, you travel hundreds of feet of roadway while driving blindfolded.”

The crash happened at about 10:30 a.m. June 12 on 21 Mile between Card Road and North Avenue, according to authorities.

Police said a silver Saturn Ion carrying five occupants, all between the ages of 15 and 17, was traveling westbound on 21 Mile and stopped to make a left turn onto Creekside Boulevard, when it was rear-ended by a purple Chevrolet Silverado pickup. The Silverado was carrying six occupants, four in the cab and two in the bed, who were all aged 15 or 16.

The teens are L’Anse Creuse High School North students who had just left school after exams, according to authorities.

The impact pushed the Saturn into 21 Mile’s eastbound lane where it was struck by a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, police said. A 64-year-old Macomb Township man was driving the white pickup.

Two of the Saturn’s back seat passengers were ejected from the vehicle in the crash. Several of the passengers were not wearing their safety belts while several others were not.

Several of the vehicle occupants were injured and taken to hospitals for treatment, police said. At least three of the injured were in critical, but stable condition, they said.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

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