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Car crash claims life of teen athlete

It is always sad when a vibrant young person perishes. Car accidents are a leading case of death for teenagers, as a recent one in the St. Clair Shores, Michigan, area illustrates.

The accident claimed the life of a 16-year-old student who had been a junior at Clare High School. He had also been the first state wrestling champion in the history of the school. The Clare Public School system communicated about the death in a Facebook post, which expressed sorrow and condolences.

The student's death was pronounced on Tuesday, May 30. That was nine days after the accident he was in, which happened at about 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 21. The student was a passenger and was not wearing a seat belt, though the other backseat occupant and the driver both were.

All three people in the vehicle were transported to a hospital after the accident for treatment of their injuries. However, the student's injuries proved to be severe, and he was transferred to Ann Arbor hospital when it was determined that he needed more extensive treatment. Unfortunately, he died despite efforts to save him.

The causes of the accident are under investigation. Police know that the vehicle that the student and his two friends were in ran off the road and hit an embankment. When it did, it rolled over, accounting for the fatal injuries suffered by the student.

In cases like this, the possibility of a driver having been driving under the influence is usually looked into. In this instance, officers are reportedly awaiting toxicology reports. The information in those reports will undoubtedly affect how the families involved decide to move forward. They may very well want to explore their legal options. Other students need to take to heart the importance of driving carefully and only riding in vehicles with others who drive carefully.

Source:, "Clare's first wrestling state champ dies from car crash injuries at 16," Michael Kransz, May 31, 2017

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