Police: Girl, 10, dies in collision fueled by alcohol

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A 10-year-old girl from Eastpointe died after she was ejected from a vehicle that was rear-ended Friday night on southbound Interstate 75 near I-696 in Royal Oak, state police said.

The girl was riding in a 2009 Pontiac G6 when the vehicle was struck by a 2010 Dodge Dakota pickup around 11:15 p.m. Friday, according to a Michigan State Police press release. Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash, police said.

“The pickup turned over on its side and came to rest on the right shoulder,” officials said. “The Pontiac went up the embankment and struck the bridge and one of the passengers was ejected onto the freeway.”

The girl was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

All passengers of both vehicles were transported to a local hospital for treatment, officials said. The girl died early Saturday.

“The driver of the Pontiac, a 23-year-old from Harper Woods, is still listed in critical condition,” officials said. “All others involved in the accident are listed in good and stable condition or have been released.”

The investigation remains ongoing.


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