Teenager in crash that killed classmates was traveling over 100mph, charges possible

SOUTHFIELD, MI – Police believe an SUV was involved in a fatal accident this weekend was driving over 100 mph before leaving the road. According to the Associated Press, the SUV carrying a driver and five other passengers jumped off a curb and crashed into a wooded area after reaching triple-digit speeds.

Southfield Police Chief Elvin Barren on Monday revealed some of his department’s initial findings regarding the crash, including a belief the SUV was traveling at high speed before crashing.

The six people inside the vehicle are students from Oak Park High School. Four of the six passengers were thrown from the vehicle in the crash, which took place in block 24300 of Telegraph Road around 9 p.m. on Friday, September 18. The two deceased passengers have been identified by family members as JaQai Garrett and DeRell Blackmon. .

“I had no idea how much he was loved, how much he already missed him, how much he touched people in their hearts, like it was genuine,” Nakeia Garrett said of her son, the AP reported.

Of the four teenagers who survived the crash, one was in critical condition and three in stable condition, Barren said.

“What I’m hearing is all good things about them,” Barren said. “Nothing negative was transmitted to me. Such a tragedy.

Barren also said criminal charges would be possible once the investigation is completed, which suggests the driver survived the crash, but this has not been confirmed by police. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been a factor in the incident.

“Driving is a very exciting time, but driving comes with a huge responsibility,” said Barren.

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