Wrong-way drunk driver causes deadly accident on I-96

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20140914_035526 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Police are investigating a fatal crash that happened early Sunday morning on I-96 in Kent County.

A wrong-way driver in an SUV heading east in the westbound lanes on I-96 near the East Beltline exit hit another vehicle just before 3 AM, according to Michigan State Police.

Police had the portion of I-96 where the crash happened between Cascade and the East Beltline shut down for most of the early morning while they investigated and cleared the scene.

The at-fault driver is a 43-year-old woman from the Grand Rapids area. She was driving an SUV that collided head on with a passenger car.  Both vehicles caught fire, and a passerby was able to pull the woman from her SUV. Her injuries are unknown at this time. The driver of the passenger vehicle was killed. Both drivers were the only occupants in their vehicles.

Two vehicles involved in fatal wrong-way crash caught fire following accident, according to police.

Two vehicles involved in fatal wrong-way crash caught fire following accident, according to police.

Police believe alcohol played a role in the crash and they say it's unclear where the driver entered the highway going the wrong way.

The names of the two drivers are not being released at this time, pending family notification. The crash remains under investigation, and police had the highway back open by around 8 a.m.

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12 comments

  • TheFoundingFathers

    This drunk driving shit is getting a bit old, wondering how many DUI’s this one has had. There should be no more driving EVER! It should be 1 and done with zero chance of getting a license back, but you know that will never happen!

      • Freedom*lover

        prohibition of any kind is counter productive and does nothing but create oppression which is a body mind soul and life killer!
        We don’t need any more loss of freedom!
        It does not take much to just use common sense.
        Controlling others does not work!

        • Brian DuBridge

          Hard to use common sense when you’re drunk. I’m in favor of having some kind of control ability on driving if, when leaving a bar, you blow a certain amount, which would be very little. I’ve taken two drunks off the road by calling the police while driving, one of which I was sure was going to crash into someone multiple times. It was her third time, police told me. If one has any history of DUI there should be a control on their car with a breathalyzer. We need to increase the stigma of driving while impaired. This is a public concern, because it’s any random person on the road they’ll be killing.

  • curious

    Someone should kill that drunk driver. I wouldn’t care. Happened in texas when a drunk driver killed a mans two sons while pushing his car down the road. The father went home, got his .38, and shot the guy. Got away with it too. Maybe people will learn if there are real consequences.

  • DJ

    That woman is a murderer and should spend the rest of her life in jail. I’ve also noticed a large increase in wrong-way head-on collisions this year. Something needs to be done about that.

    As far as drunk driving, I think the best thing we could do would be to pressure automakers into installing breathalyzer-type devices into all steering wheels and disable the vehicle if it detects that the driver is drunk. The technology exists. Also wouldn’t hurt to start enforcing traffic laws. If people know they can get away with speeding on a regular-basis, why can’t they get away with drunk driving regularly?

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