5 Kids Flip New Car and Crash It Through Rochester Hills Home
The driver of the 2013 Dodge Dart was 16, and police say alcohol was a factor in the crash.
A car full of teenagers riding too fast through a Rochester Hills subdivision crashed into a home on North Fairview shortly after midnight Friday, destroying a garage and wrecking two cars inside, police say.
According to police, all five teenagers walked away from the crash: two collapsed nearby and were taken to area hospitals; the other three teenagers fled the scene, police say.
The accident remains under investigation by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, though "alcohol appears to be a factor in this crash," sheriff's deputies said in a news release.
No one inside the house was injured.
Here's what happened, according to information from the sheriff's office and the Rochester Hills Fire Department, which responded to the scene.
At 12:41 a.m. Saturday, a 2013 Dodge Dart driven by a 16-year-old Rochester boy ran into a landscape boulder on North Fairview, west of Grandview and north of Tienken Road. There were four other teenagers inside; at least one was 15.
After hitting the boulder, the car flipped over, crashing into a garage attached to a home on North Fairview.
All of the teens got out of the car and one of them collapsed behind the vehicle at the scene of the accident. The driver collapsed two houses down the street. The three others fled the scene.
The driver was transported to McLaren Hospital in Pontiac, where he was in stable condition, according to the sheriff's office report. The other passenger was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, where he was also in stable condition, the report stated.
At the scene, fire crews from Rochester and Rochester Hills used shoring to stabilize the garage to prevent it from collapsing while the car was removed, said Rochester Hills Fire Chief Ron Crowell.
The homeowner told WWJ-AM (950) that the crash "sounded like an explosion and the whole house moved. It felt like it was an earthquake," she said in this report on CBSLocal.com.
In the state of Michigan, first-year drivers under age 18 are not allowed to have more than one passenger in the car who is a minor unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, except when driving to school.
Also, except for going to work, first-year drivers under age 18 are not allowed to drive between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. every day.