A West Olive Michigan teen has had her driver’s license suspended following a crash that resulted in the injury of friends who were passengers in the car she was driving. Danielle Michaels, 17, was driving herself and a group of friends to a Michigan State University basketball game when the crash occurred.
The crash took place on March 16th when Michaels and four other girls were headed to the game on eastbound I-96 near Lowell. The SUV crossed the median and rolled over; all five girls were rushed by ambulance to area hospitals. Investigators stated that the SUV struck the turnbuckle at the beginning of the cable barrier, then crashed through, eventually flipping over the cable barrier on the west side. Three girls who were riding in the back seat were ejected from the vehicle; they were allegedly not wearing seatbelts.
News reports at the time of the crash in March stated that all five of the Grand Haven High School students suffered serious injuries. On Thursday, November 15, Danielle Michaels was put on probation for a minimum of 6 months, and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. Her driver’s license was also suspended. Michaels was also ordered to attend a driver improvement course and counseling, and will issue apology letters to all of the teen girls who were injured in the crash.
According to police reports Michaels was speeding at the time of the accident, talking with her friends and using a cell phone, although reports do not indicate whether she was texting or talking on the cell phone.
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