UPDATE: The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of those involved in a one-vehicle crash early Sunday except the driver, a 20-year old woman from Grand Rapids. She will be identified after arraignment.
Alexis Danielle Brown-Johnson, 15, Grand Rapids, died in the crash.
Passengers Taliyah N. Zziwambazza, 19, from Kentwood and Bianca Monet Bland, 17, Grand Rapids, suffered minor injuries.
A fatal traffic crash at 2:40 a.m. on Sunday morning on U.S 131 near 12th Street in Wayland Township left a 15-year-old Grand Rapids girl dead, two other passengers with minor injuries and the driver in custody of the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said the 20-year-old woman driving southbound on U.S.131 Highway lost control of her vehicle and slid toward the ditch, spun around, slid down the embankment into a fence, and then into the ditch, causing the car to roll over onto its roof.
Deputies reported the 15-year-old girl, unrestrained in the back seat, was ejected from the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries. An 18-year-old unrestrained passenger in the rear seat suffered minor injuries and was transported to Metro Health Hospital; the 19-year-old front seat passenger was belted and suffered very minor injuries.
The passengers names will be released pending notification of family.
The driver is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. A blood sample obtained from her will be sent to the Michigan State Police Lab for toxicology testing, officials said.
The woman is lodged in the Allegan County Correctional Facility awaiting review of the information by the prosecutor’s office. Her name and charges, if issued, will be released early next week.
The crash remains under investigation.
The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by the Gun Lake Tribal Police, Wayland Fire Department, Wayland Area EMS and Plainwell EMS.