Teen riding moped severely injured in crash due to suspected drunk driver

- As most teens are preparing for back to school, a 13-year old Pontiac teen is fighting for her life.

Friday night around 10 p.m. the teen was riding on the back of a moped operated by a 33-year old Pontiac man. Investigators say a car going west on Huron Street turned left onto Woodward on a green light in front of the moped causing a collision.

"It was almost a head on because they turned right as the moped was crossing their path," said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard. "Her injures at the scene were pretty traumatic."

Bouchard went to the accident scene Friday night.

He says his deputies are still collecting evidence but they believe alcohol was a factor

"It's a good possibility that the driver of moped may have some alcohol that will be subject to tests in the future," Bouchard said.

The driver of the moped is in stable condition at McLaren Hospital. But the teen suffered severe injuries and was taken to Beaumont where she is listed in critical condition.

Investigators say neither was wearing a helmet.

"It's a choice but I've ridden motorcycles many years," Bouchard said. "The choice, even if you make it for yourself as an adult, when you have a young person, a juvenile, have a helmet on."

As the teen fights for her life investigators say this case has been turned over to the prosecutor’s office

"It depends on if the girl pulls through and toxicology of moped driver," Bouchard said. "The totality still has yet to be determined as it relates to charges."

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