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Posted on Sun, Oct 30, 2011 : 2:14 p.m.

Alcohol believed to be a factor in fatal Salem Township crash

By Julie Baker

A 20-year-old South Lyon man was killed early Sunday in a crash in Salem Township, according to a Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office media summary.

Police were dispatched to the area of Dixboro Road and Six Mile Road about 12:52 a.m.

Investigators determined that the driver was northbound in a 2003 Ford pickup when he lost control of the vehicle, left the road and struck a tree. He was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

A 20-year-old male passenger was transported with non-life-threatening injuries to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital via Huron Valley Ambulance. Several other passengers in the pickup still are being identified, police said in the release.

Alcohol, speed and no seatbelt use are believed to be factors in the crash, police said.

Northfield Township police and fire, HVA and sheriff's deputies responded to the scene. The incident remains under investigation, and no further information was available.


Basic Bob

Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 10:08 p.m.

Why do they bother putting seatbelts in pickup trucks? Nobody wears them.

Elaine F. Owsley

Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 12:23 p.m.

It's sad that even the nicest people make errors in judgment. Underage drinking and no seatbelts by themselves have taken any number of promising young people. Add speed to that and you have a bad outcome.


Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 11:41 a.m.

This was my best friend and who ever wrote this story has it completly wrong so good job releasing a false story and he was alot better man than what this makes him out to be


Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 12:22 p.m.

So what about the story is wrong?


Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 12:28 a.m.

Several passengers are yet to be identified? How many people can a pickup hold? Alcohol, speed and no seatbelts are believed to be factors in the accident. (I agree) And they are all against the law. I hope the others have learned a lesson, the cause of losing a 20 yr. old friend. I am sad for the parents and family of the deceased.

Rachel Styles

Sun, Oct 30, 2011 : 11:38 p.m.

Alcohol affects people differently. Some people after a night of drinking can sleep the day away but other people wake up early after a night of drinking. If you want to know why your body does this, this article gives a great explanation on it. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 1:05 p.m.

I'm not sure what getting up early after drinking has to do with this article, but I will follow your advice.