Teen Pedestrian Killed in Alcohol-Related Crash

IONIA, Mich . — Michigan State Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash that killed 17-year-old Kelsey Megliola Sunday morning.

Around 2 a.m., Megliola was walking down Jessup Road in North Plains Township when she was hit and killed by a 19-year-old driving while drunk, police said.

A neighbor in the rural area said a party took place late Saturday night in the woods. Empty beer cans still litter the grass.

Stephanie Hurst with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) can’t speak about this specific case. However, she said drunk driving involving those underage does factor in drunk driving statistics, especially in rural areas.

Hurst said teens often feel that the police presence isn’t as strong in North Plains Township, and they may believe that they’re less likely to get caught. While MADD has programs to address the issue, Hurst said prevention starts in the home.

“No matter what their age is whether they’re under 21,” she said.  “They shouldn’t be drinking at all.”

Investigators are still putting the pieces together in this case but said the suspect in this crash is from Grand Ledge. She was arrested by state police. Megliola is from Mason, Mich., near Lansing.

The Ionia County jail administrator said the suspect posted bond. Her arraignment is scheduled for July 30.

Megliola’s friends said the past 24 hours have been surreal, and they have been sharing condolences over social media.

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8 comments

  • tracy

    As tragic as this is the story about it should start at home.Well when the United States made it so easy for people to DIVORCE home life is not what is was 30-40 years ago.having said that how do we even know thios girl lives at home we allow our kids to live on their own have babies live as a family but yet they cant drink? their is 1 simple way to assembly lines that the car will not start or run where the smell of alcohol is present in or right around the drivers seat.That would stop having others start a car for someone who has been drinking also as if a person was lucky enough to have someone start it for them as soon as they were to drive away if alcohol was smelled the car would shut off.People would say why should I have to have this I dont drink remember driving is not a right it is a privileged.People should not have to worry if others are drunk on the road

    • K-Dude

      Wow you are either drunk or a special kind of stupid. Your spelling and grammar is barely comprehensible. I sure hope you don't operate a motor vehicle!!

  • Anonymous

    The driver was not drunk and people truly need to get their facts straight before posting online. Prayers to everyone involved!

      • Anonymous

        I know both the victim and the suspect and I'm fairly sure both were drunk. It's funny how if the driver wasn't drunk then most likely no punishment would be handed down. Even though such recklessness can never be forgiven, I hope they aren't too hard on the suspect. One life may be gone, but there's no reason I can think of to ruin another.

  • Farmout

    I grew up in Ionia County back in the day, and we had some pretty wild parties out in the sticks. Looks like things haven't changed much as far as that goes. My prayers are with all those involved.