Police: Distracted driving blamed for crash that killed 6-year-old

BANGOR, Mich. -- Michigan State Police say distracted driving is believed to be the cause of a crash that killed a 6-year-old girl last week.

The crash happened at about 8 p.m. Friday, March 23 on 66th Street near 26th Avenue in Bangor.  Authorities say the driver of the car became distracted, went off the road and hit a tree.

Jenessa MacEachron, 6, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver and two other children in the car were taken to the hospital.

"My message would be for people just to remain focused, keep their eyes on the road, hands on the wheel," said Sgt. Melissa Bernum with the State Police Paw Paw post. "Anything else that could be a distraction, let that go for the time that you're driving.  It keeps everyone safe, not only the driver but everybody else that you encounter out on the road."

A memorial was set up at the crash scene to honor Jenessa.

Hartford Public Schools, where she was a first grade student, released a a statement saying that their hearts go out to her family and friends.

 

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  • MarkBrisson

    Texting is not just a “teen” problem. There are millions of employees in company cars and fleet vehicles who try to “multi-task” behind the wheel.

    While Maine may seek to lower distracted driving by increasing penalties, fees and regulations, there is another option. There are anti-texting apps, like AT&T DriveMode which is FREE!

    One area that is rarely discussed is that Maine has thousands of government vehicles that inspectors, regulators and the agricultural department use as fleet vehicles, but they do not have the technology to diminish distracted driving. I would love to see one state lead by example and use a program, like FleetMode, to block texts, redirect incoming phone calls, and impede all other apps in the State vehicles. If we want our state roads to be safer, let’s start by making our state vehicles safer.