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A birthday party crash in Michigan kills 2 children and injures 15

Vaseline 3 months ago

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A suspected drunk driver killed two young siblings and injured more than a dozen people when she crashed into a birthday party at a Michigan boat club Saturday afternoon, Monroe County police said.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene around 3 p.m. after a 66-year-old woman plunged 25 feet into the building where the party was being held, the county sheriff’s department said in a news release on Facebook.

The brother, 5, and sister, 8, were attending a birthday party at the Swan Boat Club in Monroe County, about 30 miles south of Detroit, according to the release.

The siblings were pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s department said.

Fifteen adults and children were injured, the release said. Of those fifteen, six adults and three children were transported by helicopter or ambulance to area hospitals with life-threatening injuries.

USA TODAY reached out to the sheriff’s department but has not heard back.

Who is the driver in the Michigan crash?

The woman, whose identity has not been confirmed, was taken into custody for operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death, the release said, adding that she is currently being held at the Monroe County Jail.

“Additional criminal charges will likely be filed against the driver as the investigation continues,” the statement said.

GoFundMe organized for family

Diane Harrington, who said she is the siblings’ aunt, has set up a GoFundMe to raise money and give the two children a “proper funeral and burial service.”

According to the fundraiser, the siblings’ mother and older brother were in critical condition at the time it was made.

So far, it has raised about $52,000 of its $100,000 goal. Any money left over from funeral expenses will go to the family to help with housing and medical expenses, according to the GoFundMe page.

“The lives of two young children were lost yesterday during this tragic event,” said a message from the boat club where the party was held. In another case, it said it would remain closed until Sunday after the tragedy.

USA TODAY contacted the boat club but declined to comment.