Grand Rapids Teenager Dies After Car Crash; Police Say Driver Might Have Been Drunk

By Claire Parker, Parent Herald March 21, 11:37 am

A Grand Rapids teenager died in a crash on Sunday and authorities believed the driver of the vehicle could have been drunk. Aside from the driver, three more people were inside the vehicle.

The incident took place in Wayland Township and according to Allegan County Sheriff's office, the car driven by the deceased teen traveled southbound on US-131 at around 2:40 a.m. on Saturday when the driver lost control.

The reports said the vehicle slid towards the outside ditch of the highway, rotated, then slid down the embankment. The car came to a stop when it bumped into a perimeter fence. Authorities said the impact of the crash so hard that the car was on its roof when it came to a halt.

When the car rolled over, the victim, 15-year-old Alexis Danielle Brown-Johnson got ejected from the car leading to her death. She did not wear her seatbelt, authorities confirmed.

The other people inside the car, 17-year-old Bianca Monet Bland and 19-year-old Taliyah Zziwambazza, suffered minor injuries. Bland did not have her seatbelt on and was in the backseat. She was taken to Metro hospital. Zziwambazza, on the other hand, wore her seatbelt and was the front seat passenger, Holland Sentinel reported.

Police did not identify the driver but said she is a 20-year-old female. She underwent toxicology testing at the Michigan State Police Lab. Initially, police took her to Allegan County Jail but she was later released. Allegan County Sheriff Frank Baker promised the driver will be charged but no charges will be made until the toxicology results are out.

"The degree of which the driver was under the influence of that alcohol will be determined by a blood toxicology test and we'll get those results in about a month," Allegan County Sheriff's Office Captain Chris Kuhn said, as  WZZM 13 quoted. The teens were supposed to attend a party in Kalamazoo. The name of the driver will only be released upon the completion of the investigation.

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