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Two children killed when suspected drunk driver crashed into birthday party

Vaseline 2 months ago

An 8-year-old girl and her 5-year-old brother were killed Saturday when a suspected drunk driver crashed into a child’s birthday party at a Michigan boat club, in a devastating crash that injured 15 others.

A 66-year-old woman driving an SUV crashed into the side of the Swan Boat Club around 3 p.m. and drove about 25 feet into the building before coming to a stop, Monroe County Sheriff Troy Goodnough said during a news conference Saturday. The driver, who has not been publicly identified by police, was taken into custody on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and causing death and is expected to face additional charges. Goodnough said the driver was cooperating with investigators.

“The scene was described by first responders as ‘extremely chaotic’, with (a) high levels of emotion among those directly involved and those who witnessed the horrific incident,” Goodnough said.

A gasp rang out in the room as Goodnough said in a shaking voice that the two young partygoers pronounced dead at the scene were siblings.

Six adults and three children were taken to the hospital by ambulance and helicopter with serious injuries after the crash at the boat club on the creek in Berlin Township, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Detroit.

Video of the crash captured by the doorbell camera shows a black SUV speeding through the boat club parking lot before crashing out of view, sending plumes of smoke and dust into the air.

Authorities said they were investigating a local tavern several miles away where the suspect was believed to have been served before the fatal crash.

“We went in, closed the business and executed a search warrant on the business that was executed that day,” Goodnough said.

The Swan Boat Club said in a Facebook post that it would remain closed on Sunday and asked the community for prayers and support for the victims’ families.