On October 21, 2015 a 16-year-old Howell High School junior was killed in a car crash. The Howell High student was the passenger in a 1971 Volkswagen vehicle travelling west on Davis Road around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. According to The Detroit Free Press, the driver lost control and drove off of the road. Michigan State Police were able to identify the driver as Cameron Smith and the passenger as Griffin Matley.
Police said the vehicle, driven by Howell High student 16-year-old Cameron Smith, crashed into a tree a half mile east of D-19 in Marion Township, Michigan. Matley was taken to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor and was later pronounced dead. The driver was transported to the U-M where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Thomas Gould, director of public relations for Howell Public Schools stated, "The entire Howell Public Schools community extends their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Howell High School junior Griffin Matley."
In Michigan, three out of five accidental deaths for teens ages 16-20 are due to motor vehicle crashes. Teen drivers are four times more likely than adult drivers to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Parents should remind teens of the importance of driving safely and warn them of the dangers of driving.
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