Wyandotte Teen Severely Injured in Rollover Crash

A 17-year-old Wyandotte man was taken away in a medical helicopter. His 16-year-old girlfriend suffered minor injuries.

Two students were injured, one severely, in a rollover accident at Oak and Fourth streets Tuesday morning.

According to Police Chief Daniel Grant, a 17-year-old was driving a Ford Ranger with his 16-year-old girlfriend inside at about 7:45 a.m.

Their truck was westbound on Oak when it struck a vehicle being driven by an elderly woman headed south on Fourth, causing the Ford Ranger to roll over.

"As (the Ranger) entered the intersection, the elderly lady was about to enter the intersection and there was a two-car collision," Grant said. "The Ford Ranger rolled onto its roof."

The teen driver, who is a senior at Roosevelt, was airlifted to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit with non-life threatening leg injuries, Grant said. A hospital spokeswoman said he is listed in serious condition.

His girlfriend, who is a junior at Roosevelt, was treated and released from after suffering minor injuries. The elderly woman was uninjured, Grant said.

The 16-year-old girl said she is OK, but hurt her neck and head.

"Today was probably one of the scariest things I've ever been through in my life, but we made it," she wrote in a Facebook message. "God's grace is always with us."

School Superintendent Carla Harting said grief counselors are on hand to talk with students.

"In these types of cases, we make sure if there are problems with students and students have issues, we have social workers and counselors on hand and available to talk to them," she said.

The accident had Oak, between Second and Fifth streets, closed for a few hours.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Stephanie Keffer February 28, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Glad everyone is ok
dave green February 28, 2012 at 05:07 PM
How, given the way Wyandotte streets are laid out, can a collision at an intersection cause a pickup truck to rollover?
Cindy Wilson Kinney February 28, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Anytime an event occjurs involving children regardless of their age; it is an excellent resource to have a counselor standing by to those who reach out. Thank you Carla
Nathan Gambino February 28, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Auto collisions are not strictly predictable events. There are a number of variables which add up to a chaotic event. For example: Did the young man driving the pickup see the elderly woman at the last second and jerk the wheel to the left? If so, the pickup would have yawed, then the force of the collision could have knocked the pickup over. This is just one example of how a rollover can happen. The layout of the streets is largely irrelevent.
Nathan Gambino February 28, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Kristin, calm down. I did not blame anything on your brother. I simply stated some conditions which could cause a rollover. The blame belongs to the person who broke the traffic laws.
Emily H February 28, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Because some of us were having a hard time with it, including myself. These are our friends. We've already lost someone in a car accident before, and there was also a scary crash in December involving one of my friends as well. This is a serious thing to some of us at the school. Maybe if you saw the accident you'd understand. I saw it after it happened, and trust me, it wasn't a pretty sight. A kid was also just hit by a train on the tracks on Oak today, go watch the news, I'm not kidding you. So yes, we need grief counselors.
karah February 28, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I'm so glad u guys are okay.. the two teens that their talking about i know them. I go to school with both of them. Really glad u guys are okay.
Sad February 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Nathan, accidents are called accidents because you do not plan them nor do you want them to happen. There are people coming forth that were there when the accident happend and there is two different stories. The bottom line is the driver of the car is still in serious condition and although all family members are thankful that it was not more serious than it was.
Lori February 29, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Kristin...we're praying for your brother!!!
Nathan Gambino February 29, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Sad, I don't think you clearly read my posts. Please re-read them and note in particular how I did not say anyone was at fault. I can't imagine how one could think that I did, when I specifically and explicitly did not. "Jerking to avoid a collision" is not an indictment. It is an observation of a normal human reaction when a car is barreling toward you.
Angela Farley February 29, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Nathan, if it's any consolation I didn't think any of your posts were placing blame. Emotions are running high right now. I believe you have apologized and explained yourself enough. Hopefully there will be no hard feelings as I don't feel you've done anything wrong.
Megan Storey February 29, 2012 at 03:14 AM
This is just one cold hearted comment Amy... Im "assuming" you do NOT have any kids... If you did you would understand the severity of this situation..... If you don't have nothing nice to say especially in this kind of situation then maybe not comment!!!!! This is someone child/friend you are talking about so of course they will need grievance counselors for this.. Do you think grievance counselors are only for gun shot incidents?? NO they are not....... My heart goes out to anyone impacted by this in any way!!!
Sad February 29, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Nathan, I never stated you blamed the driver I was simply stating let's drop it....nothing more
Sad February 29, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Robert, I speak to your open shame........shame on you ....may God have mercy on you if you or yours are ever in a car accident....I mean shame and may others shame you!!!!
Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey February 29, 2012 at 03:44 AM
This is a sad day in Wyandotte and emotions are high. We ask readers to please keep their comments within our terms of use. http://wyandotte.patch.com/terms We've had to take several down that violated our policies, which boil down to: “Keep it clean,” “Don’t try to trick people,” and “Treat others as you’d like to be treated.” Easy, right?
Emily H February 29, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Anonymous: Get over it?! Are you kidding me? These people are my FRIENDS. Remember when Skyler died? Are we just supposed to get over that in two seconds too? You know what, some of us aren't as hard hearted like you or Amy, and need someone to be there in times of sorrow like this day in Wyandotte. Just think; what if it happened to your family?
Cindy Wilson Kinney February 29, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Emily, sometimes you just have to ignore what they say...you love and care for your friends. We are all here for anyone who needs us you know that. Pray for them and I and many other are. YOu are a wonderful friend. They know it too
Crew February 29, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I have to say that Cindy says it best. Sometimes you just have to ignore the comments of others and deal with your situation yourself. I have had several instances in the last few years that have left me VERY discouraged, disheartened, in pain and searching for answers. Most of them have been caused by situations that many people simply will never understand and view as minor at best. Yet they have been life-altering for me and have caused untold grief and bewilderment that I have had to find a way to deal with. What I have learned through it all is that you have to find that strength in WHATEVER way works for YOU. No one can tell another how to deal with grief. It is something VERY personal and that each of us deals with in our own unique way. For some, counseling may be an answer, for some solace may come from NOT talking about a situation. Either way, you have to find the way that works best for YOURSELF and not consider the whims and quips of others who have NO idea of what you are going through personally. All the best to EVERYONE involved in and affected by this accident. I'm just glad the results weren't FAR worse.
robert nonya March 01, 2012 at 01:32 AM
This site is a joke!!!! I said nothing that would be considered against you policy. Thanks Clare ramseu for deleting my comment! I will never visit this site again!!!!
Jake August 10, 2012 at 08:43 AM
Just saying i know the boy and the girl! His ranger was lifted. He ran a red light, thinking it would be a joke. Then the old lady hit the tire, which caused it to roll over two and a half time which then landed on the top.


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