Suspected drunk driver hits 12-year-old, second car hits mom while trying to help
A 12-year-old and her mother were walking on the side of the road Thursday night when they were hit near Williamsburg by two different cars.
According to the Michigan State Police, authorities responded to a pedestrian accident around 9:15 p.m. by the intersection of Cook Rd. and Old M-72. Upon arrival, authorities got word of a second pedestrian who was hit by a second vehicle.
"The mother did have a handheld headlamp, white in color that was on and she was waving it violently prior to her daughter being hit," said Michigan State Police Trooper, Rich Hall.
Investigators say the two were walking as they should be, against traffic on the shoulder of the northbound lane.
Abbey Leach had just gotten home from work and could see people assisting the mother and daughter with the first accident from her porch. She says she went to the end of her driveway to see if she could help.
"As I was at the end of my driveway about to turn I heard yelling so I looked down there and that's when I saw the second car go through there and slam on it's brakes," said Leach.
The second vehicle hit the mother who was trying to help her daughter in the roadway. The driver was not found intoxicated or at fault.
Neighbors who were on scene say that they were trying to flag down the oncoming second car.
"Right now we are pending further investigations to determine the measurements of where the second victim was with the second vehicle," said Hall.
The driver of the first vehicle, who hit the 12-year-old girl, was arrested for operating while intoxicated causing serious injury.
Investigators say that the accident took place on a straight portion of the road. The mother and daughter were traveling south.
The 12-year-old girl was airlifted to Spectrum Health Hospital in Grand Rapids.
Her mother is being treated at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City for non-life threatening injuries and is listed in fair condition.
Family members tell 7&4 News that the girl is suffering from a serious pelvis injury and that the mother has a neck injury.
The 12-year-old was transferred from Helen DeVos Children's Hospital to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Her mother was released from Munson Medical Center and continues to recover at home.
Investigators say that both are expected to survive.
The crash is under investigation.