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Teen driver allegedly on drugs in serious injury crash

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A 16-year-old driver allegedly caused serious injuries in a crash while under the influence of drugs Monday in Commerce Township, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

The unnamed teen, from Commerce Township, was driving a 2009 Jeep Liberty around 6:20 p.m. Monday on westbound Wixom near Meadow Circle, officials said in a press release. He attempted to turn left when he collided with a 2010 Mercury Mariner driven by a 68-year-old woman from Milford Township.

“The driver of the Jeep Liberty fled the scene on foot but was later identified by deputies. He was transported to Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield by his mother and is listed in stable condition,” officials said. “The Jeep Liberty had three passengers inside the vehicle. They, too, fled the scene, but were later identified.”

The teen’s passengers were identified by police as 15- and 16-year-old boys from Commerce Township and a 21-year-old man from Ferndale. Officials did not disclose if they were injured.

The Mariner’s driver was hospitalized in serious condition at Royal Oak Beaumont while her front-seat passenger, a 94-year-old man from Dearborn Heights, was hospitalized in critical condition.

Seat belts were worn by all front-seat passengers and the airbags deployed on both vehicles, officials said.

Responding investigators determined alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash, but the teen driver was believed to be under the influence of an unspecified drug. A blood sample was obtained for analysis.

The crash remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office crash reconstruction unit.

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