Seat Belt Would Have Saved This Grand Rapids Teenager’s Life

Alyssa Kay Stark, formerly of Grand Rapids and now living in Mebane, N.C., was charged June 19 with one count of operating while intoxicated by drugs causing death and one count of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury.

The accident occurred early in the morning on March 19th, 2017 just south of Wayland along the 131 Interstate.

The vehicle was traveling at high speed along I-131 when the driver lost control of the vehicle.  Sliding toward an outside ditch along the highway, the car careened through a fence before rolling over and resting on 12th street.

The rollover caused a passenger, Alexis Danielle Brown-Johnson to be ejected from the back of the vehicle where she was killed.

Alexis was only 15 years old.  The victim of the crash lived in Grand Rapids for the past seven years.

Another passenger, Bianca Money Bland, 17, also of Grand Rapids suffered minor injuries and was treated at a nearby hospital. Neither of them were wearing seat belts.  Those in the front seat of the vehicle were wearing seat belt and only suffered minor injuries, police stated.

This story is a tragic one because a seat belt would have most likely saved the life of this 15-year old.  Always wear seat belts. Even if you think you are safe in the back seat, a rollover crash such as this one can be deadly.


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