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, 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. 

The incident

Here's what happened, according to information from the sheriff's office and the , 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 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.

Lee Zendel June 26, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I notice that a few of the posts called for more traffic enforcement. Well, folks more traffic enforcement takes more deputies but the citizens of this community time after time turn down the new millages to pay for them. There still is no free lunch- you want more enforcement vote yess the next time an additional police millage is on the ballot
jose brando June 26, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Why is everyone on here acting like this is the first time teenagers have snuck out at night and taken their parents car? I see people blaming Chrysler and landscaping boulders, but let's just leave this at what it is: teenagers being teenagers who made a bad decision. If the 80's movie "License to Drive" with Corey Feldman and Corey Haim taught us anything, it's that a night out on the town in your parents' stolen car can be both hilarious and a lesson-learning opportunity.
Mentor12 June 26, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Donna, the whole family cannot test drive the vehicle if it's an M plate. Get your facts straight.
Anonymous13 June 26, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Be thankful everyone survived and have a future, don't recall the mistakes and dwell on their past.
Marty Rosalik June 26, 2012 at 06:34 PM
"M" plates have strict State and Federal guidelines. As such I am prohibited from even allowing my wife to drive mine. I simply threw outthe possibility that this was a corporate owned vehicle. I have yet to see or hear proof that it was. I stand by my "lucky" statement. I hope that everyone involved learned from this! Bushes, rocks, cars, and garages can be fixed.
Peter Griffin June 26, 2012 at 07:38 PM
get some new friends --- your "friend" has to be the most irresponsible driver on the road. His "mistake" could have cost someone their life. His "mistake" ruined someone's home. Your friend is a loser and deserves everything he gets. And, by the way, "ALL kids are not experimenting and trying to entertain themselves". I know what my kids are up to and they know the consequence for violating that trust.
Peter Griffin June 26, 2012 at 07:44 PM
This homeowner shouldn't have to fix his garage, landscaping or rock -- plain and simple, this homeowner didn't ask for some moronic kid to destroy his stuff.
Peter Griffin June 26, 2012 at 07:46 PM
YES --- recall that "mistake" over and over again and make him pay for it over and over again. Anonymous "13" --- get some new friends.
Mentor12 June 26, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I get the impression that "Anonymous13" was one of the three who fled the scene and left his "friends" behind.
Peter Griffin June 26, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Anonymous "13" sounds like some 13 year old teenager that thinks they have all the answers to life's questions (kind of adorable). I guess that is why the US has 13 year old Presidents. "13", get some smarter friends.
LS June 26, 2012 at 11:40 PM
As I type I can hear people "flying" down my street, N. Fairview Lane. This is a constant problem. Lee, I always vote yes regarding police millage and I for one have called the city at least twenty times about this problem. We need speed humps on N. Fairview from E. Fairview to Grandview. It might not solve all of the problems, but it sure will hekp. This is the second house in this subdivison to be hit, maybe somebody will listen now. We heard the car coming doen the road that night, it was UNBELIEVABLE !
LS June 26, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Tom, i would love to talk. I live on N. Fairview in Pine Hill and have called the city a ton. There is also a handicapped child in area sign up on N. Fairview between Barneswood and Tiverton, I guess people just don't care. I am sick and tired of this nonsense.
donna mcmullen June 27, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Mentor12....you made me laugh. If you have all the info then please share. We assumed it is a test car, but Marty, who seems to be the voice of reason is right, we just don't know. No matter what, those kids messed up but I am glad they survived. LS…I lived on a street like that once and hated it. I do hope the powers that be take notice and do something for your neighborhood.
John McMillin June 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Since 2009 there have been three major incidents in North Fairview Farms not counting the mail boxes and damaged parked cars on the streets and also the many lawns that have been drove over. As far as I know mine was the first one where a driver decided to run from the officer that pulled him over for impaired driving. His sped was estimated at over 100 mph when he lost control, took out three mail boxes, side swiped my neighbors tree and then broadsided the first tree he came to in my yard. The second one was on N. Fairview and Tiverton where the car went through the stop at Tiverton (which ends at N. Fairview and went into the house on the other side. Now this one involving a garage and teenagers. All three of these had stop signs involved in which the drivers ignored. Speed humps do need to be placed in our subdivision on N. Fairview and Grandview at least due to the length that these roads are. We also need to block the road off going to the subdivision to the east of us because I have clocked some of those drivers doing over 40 m.p.h. on our streets.
John McMillin June 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Did not know that I was limited to how much I could put in here. Continued, speed humps cost money and the state and city will not be giving us any for this type of improvement to our subdivision. Last I knew, the state surveys how many fatalities in a period of time at a intersection to install a traffic control device. So if we want speed humps in our subdivision, open up the pocketbooks and I am sure that the association would take action. Since we have no sidewalks, we use the streets to get around by car, bike, and walking and the last two are really not to safe anymore. As for the three incidents in my comment, they where all bad decisions on the drivers part and I am sure that we will have more bad decisions by some. Let us hope that those will not end up in loss of life or injury.
Big 3 June 27, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I was in high school just a few years ago (2010 grad). I can vividly remember being 16 and wanting to try new things. But the first rule (and by first, I mean usually the only rule) was you never ever even thought about drunk driving. Anonymous13, nothing you say about 'experimenting' or 'finding entertainment' is the least bit justifiable when it comes to partying and then getting behind the wheel. Glad your friends are ok, but they will learn a lesson in one of the hardest ways possible. On another note...This was a white Dodge Dart, which is not a production vehicle yet, since only the Red ones have been built in the actual assembly plant. No employee in their right mind would let their son or daughter take out a test vehicle by themselves. It is against the law to have a child driving an M plate automobile UNLESS the employee themself is in the passenger seat...and the employee is held completely liable for any damages. In conclusion, you don't become an employee of the Big 3 and allow your kid to take the car out. A 16 year old thought it would be cool to take out his dad's COMPANY performance evaluation vehicle (clear lack of respect to authority as well as risking the longevity of the family's financial means), and ending up crashing into a house. Just makes me sick since this stuff keeps happening in Rochester, a notably affluent area. Entitlement seems to lead to this behavior.
donna mcmullen June 27, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Big 3....thank you for the informative post!
Don Wyatt (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Thanks to everyone for the great conversation around this sad news event. Is there anything else you want to know about it that we can chase? For parents on the thread, how are you talking to your children about the crash? For students on the thread, how are you and your peers talking about it?
Mentor12 June 27, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Still haven't disclosed names of driver or parent involved.......
John McMillin June 27, 2012 at 05:12 PM
My older son is a driver education instructor and he will be using this article in his class as to how not to get into trouble. Wow Big 3, this parent who had the car better hope that his son took it without permission. My younger son has yet to do his level two instruction and knows that drinking and driving do not mix. He has yet to have any alcohol and does not intend on it.
Kristin Bull (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 05:43 PM
About the traffic/speeding/careless driving issues on North Fairview and on Grandview: We talked this morning with Paul Shumejko, the traffic engineer for the city of Rochester Hills. Paul said he and his staff are aware of residents' concerns and have been studying traffic in these subdivisions for the past several years. In order for "speed humps" to be installed on a city street, the residents or subdivision association would need to approach the city about this — and offer up the funds to pay for it. A project like speed humps usually would take a calendar year to complete and the city would often try to coincide the installation of the speed humps around another construction project in the city to get a better rate. Would speed humps have prevented this accident? Hard to say. But since some of the commenters brought these issues up, it made sense to ask.
LS June 27, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I have talked to Paul, also. The problem with subdivisions paying for the speed humps is that many residents that live on interior streets do not want and will not vote yes to pay for them. Also, N. Fairview runs through several subdivisons and if one association will pay and the other will not then they will not install the speed humps. As far as saying would it prevent the accident, well maybe not, but it would have slowed them down some more. Anyone that even wants to secualte on that should come over here for a few evenings and see what it is like on this street.
LS June 27, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I meant speculate, sorry for the typo. At this point and with all of the problems we have had on this street I feel, as do many, that the city needs to do something. This is a matter of safety and it involves several subdivisions.
LMJ19 June 28, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I have a question......How on earth would you punish your child/children for this act?
Christopher June 28, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Make the take responsibility. Financial - In the short term insurance is gonna pay for most of this, but I think over time the driver has to pay restitution. No sports, clubs or hobbies. Get a job, any job, and work it off. Legal - Work with the prosecutor and enter a plea of guilty to an appropriate charge. None of this "I had a rough childhood so I deserve a break". And give up the names of everyone in the car, and where you got the booze or drugs. Personal - Apologize to Chrysler, your parents, the passengers and their parents, and the home owner.
uknowimright June 30, 2012 at 08:35 AM
No, kids, not every teenager made some "huge mistake" as you say. My dad bought me an old clunker with 200k miles on it, wouldn't let me work until I graduated from high school, and wasn't allowed to get my actual licence until I was over 18 (insurance was cheaper,lol.) I didn't have my first beer until I was in college, and didn't go partying all night when I was still in high school. If I had done what you're so-called "friends" had, my dad, a strict military man, would have called the cops on me himself! Shame on you!
Jeff Smith June 30, 2012 at 02:35 PM
But their mistakes are the point - and the mistakes of the parents and their lack of supervision.
Anonymous13 July 03, 2012 at 05:24 AM
No I'm just really great friends with most of the people involved in this crash and some serious consequences resulted and they are paying for what they have done, but isn't it sad that people aren't even remotely concerned the kids are okay and alive? You people are the reason our society is so messed up. Heartlesssssssss
Peter Griffin July 03, 2012 at 12:40 PM
How are "they" paying for what has been done when the sissy that caused the wreck was too scared to give the names of the others that were in the car. Is the little lush at least paying the homeowner's insurance deductible? Is the alcoholic paying for the company car that was wrecked? Do I care if the kids are ok and alive --- not really. Am I heartless --- yes, a bit. I have no tolerance or acceptance for moronic behavior. There are no such things as accidents --- it all boils down to mechanical failure or NOT PAYING ATTENTION. I think this worthless piece of carbon was NOT PAYING ATTENTION to ANYTHING!!
JEN JEN July 16, 2012 at 07:23 AM
I build these cars where I live. I work for chrysler and build the dodge dart. It is an awesome car. Its sad that alot of these big wigs children feel so entitled. Im would have to imagine that his/her parents did not know they took the car. If they did shame on them. On a more positive note from the pictures i have seen looks like a strong well built american ride to go through the damage it did and for the kids to just walk away. Unbeleivable


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