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Investigation completed in GHHS girls crash

Cheryl Welch • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:32 AM

Among them were five teen girls who didn’t make it to the game. They crashed on Interstate 96.

Involved in the single-vehicle crash were Emily Bogner, 16; Madison Case, 17; Hannah DeVecht, 17; Danielle Michaels, 16; and Brittney Olds, 16.

The three girls in the back seat of the Honda sport utility vehicle had not buckled in, and the force of the roll-over crash threw them from the SUV. The two girls in the front did have their seat belts on, but one was pinned. All suffered serious injuries, and all face a long road to recovery.

The Michigan State Police released its final investigative report on the crash on Thursday. The report, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Grand Haven Tribune, is 22 pages long. It details the conditions that led up to the crash, and the events that happened immediately after the crash.

Among the highlights are:

*Cell phone distraction appears to be a factor in the crash.

*A cold open bottle of pomegranate vodka was in the back seat of the Honda.

*A blood test on the driver, Michaels, resulted in a 0.00 percent blood alcohol reading.

*Fog and other road conditions were not a factor in the crash.

*One witness said the girls had to be driving at least 90 mph that morning.

Read the full story in Friday’s Grand Haven Tribune, and view the entire report at grandhaventribune.com Friday afternoon.

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