19-year-old killed in 2-vehicle crash near Saline, deputies say

Deputies say alcohol factor in crash

WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. – A 19-year-old was killed in a crash at Moon and Bemis roads near Saline Sunday, the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said a drunk driver ran the stop sign and slammed into a car with three people inside .

Nearby residents saw the aftermath.

"I came outside and there were two police SUVs blocking my driveway," local resident Kenny Hill said.

Hill walked down the road and saw the two damaged vehicles.

"'How did this happen? It's a four-way stop' -- that was my first thought," Hill said.

"There was a southbound vehicle that, from preliminary reports, ran the stop sign and collided with an eastbound vehicle that was eastbound on Moon Road," Sergeant David Archer said.

The eastbound vehicle was carrying three people all under the age of 21.

The 19-year-old driver was killed and his two passengers were taken to the hospital.

Deputies said the at-fault driver, 35, who was in a red SUV was also hospitalized.

"For the driver of the southbound vehicle -- the at fault vehicle -- alcohol is a factor," Archer said.

Archer said deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and they are urging all drivers to be vigilant on the roads during the holiday.

"There's plenty of us out here, but we can't be everywhere," Archer said. "Residents, if they see something suspicious, call 911. (We'd) rather have someone call and it be nothing than it to be a tragedy like this."


Deputies said charges are pending against the at-fault driver.

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