DORR, MI – On Friday, July 6, 2018, at approximately 12:15PM, Allegan Central Dispatch received a call regarding a personal injury crash that had occurred in front of 3573 20th St. in Hopkins Township. The caller reported that a young female had been ejected from the vehicle during the crash and was severely injured.
Firemen and deputies arrived on scene and began to try to resuscitate the victim but they were unsuccessful. EMS personnel arrived and tried advanced life support but were also unsuccessful and the victim was declared deceased at the scene.
Initial investigation revealed that the two minor female occupants of the vehicle had taken the older female’s mother’s vehicle to teach the younger female how to drive before the younger female started driver’s education soon. At some point during their trip, the older female let the younger female take over as the driver. The younger female was traveling south on 20th St. driving too fast for conditions and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled over, partially ejecting the older female causing the fatal injuries. The younger female driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for observation. Neither occupant was using a seatbelt and they were both from the immediate area.
At this point in the investigation speed is a factor considering the gravel roadway conditions. The sheriff’s office would like to remind drivers that rural gravel roadways are in poor condition due to the hot and dry conditions and drivers should travel slower than usual on these roadways they would suggest 35MPH.
Names will not be released since both subjects involved are minors. The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by the Michigan State Police, the Hopkins Fire Dept. and Wayland Area EMS.