Charges to be determined after teen dies in car crash - KMSP-TV

Charges to be determined after teen dies in car crash

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ROSEVILLE, Mich. (WJBK) - Seven teenagers were on their way back from a bonfire late Friday night. A 16-year-old girl was behind the wheel of the Ford Expedition with her mom also in the car.

The Expedition collided with a Pontiac at 12 Mile Road and Little Mack Avenue, killing 16-year-old Lakeview High School junior Aliyah Diorio. She was ejected from the back seat  when the Expedition collided with the car driven by a 33-year-old woman from St. Clair Shores, who police say was intoxicated.

The Macomb County Prosecutor's Office is reviewing the case to determine who will be charged.

"We have the 16-year-old driver who we believe ran the red light, and the driver that struck them, that driver was intoxicated," says Roseville Police Chief James Berlin. He says technically it appears she was impaired, blowing a .074 on her breathalyzer. Both drivers are expected to face charges.

"No matter how you want to look at it, she ran the red light. The other driver may have been drunk but she drove into harm's way," says Berlin.

Turns out the 16-year-old driver of the Expedition only had a learner's permit and could only be behind the wheel if supervised by a licensed driver. Even though her mother was in the car with her, police say the mother's license had expired, so she too could be charged.

"How many lives are ruined here? None will be the same for any of these kids again, you know, a kind of loss of innocence type of thing. It's awful all the way around," says Berlin.

The pain was shared by so many at Saturday night's vigil and by the students who stopped by Lakeview High School on Monday to meet with counselors.

"We had four of our district crisis team counselors here in the building today so we did have several students that took advantage of this opportunity. But more importantly, we were there for them if they needed us," says Lakeview High School principal Brent Case.
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