Two children killed and at least 13 others as suspected female drunk driver, 66, crashes into kids’ birthday party at Michigan boat club

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • An eight-year-old girl and five-year-old boy, who were siblings, were tragically killed when a drunk driver plowed into a children’s birthday party 
  • A total of 15 victims were injured or killed at the party, including nine in life threatening condition 
  • The driver, a 66-year-old woman, was arrested at the scene, after footage showed her car driving erratically before slamming into the party 

Two children have been tragically killed after a suspected drunk driver plowed through a building hosting a kids’ birthday party. 

The horror unfolded Saturday around 3pm in Berlin Township, Michigan, at the Swan Boat Club, with footage showing the vehicle speeding erratically before hitting the outside of the building. 

Officials said the car flew over 25 feet into the building, injuring or killing a total of 15 victims. 

Nine of the victims – three children and six adults – were rushed to local hospitals with life-threatening injuries. The two children who were killed were an eight-year-old girl and five-year-old boy, who were siblings. 

Horrific footage showed the suspected drunk driver swerving erratically before crashing into a children’s birthday party, killing two children and injuring at least 13 others 

The horror unfolded Saturday around 3pm in Berlin Township, Michigan , at the Swan Boat Club, which was hosting a children's birthday party

The horror unfolded Saturday around 3pm in Berlin Township, Michigan , at the Swan Boat Club, which was hosting a children’s birthday party 

The driver of the vehicle was described as a 66-year-old woman. Their identity has not been confirmed. 

The suspect was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death, Monroe County Sheriff Troy Goodnough said in a press conference, where he appeared emotional as he broke the news. 

The sheriff said additional charges are expected to be brought against the woman as the investigation proceeds.  

Multiple ambulances and helicopters raced to the scene, where police set up a reunification point for families involved, reports ClickonDetroit. 

The sheriff said first responders on the scene described the incident as ‘extremely chaotic’ with ‘high level of emotions.’ 

Goodnough added that it was believed the female driver had been at a nearby tavern before the crash, and said deputies closed the bar down and planned to execute a search warrant as part of their investigation. 

Monroe County Sheriff Troy Goodnough grew visibly emotional at a press conference as he confirmed that the victims, an eight-year-old girl and five-year-old boy, were siblings

Monroe County Sheriff Troy Goodnough grew visibly emotional at a press conference as he confirmed that the victims, an eight-year-old girl and five-year-old boy, were siblings 

Helicopters were used to transport victims to nearby hospitals, with nine of the 13 surviving victims left in life-threatening condition

Helicopters were used to transport victims to nearby hospitals, with nine of the 13 surviving victims left in life-threatening condition 

A number of ambulances and police vehicles raced to the boat club, where officials said they encountered 'extremely chaotic' scenes

A number of ambulances and police vehicles raced to the boat club, where officials said they encountered ‘extremely chaotic’ scenes 

The Swan Boat club shared a brief statement on Facebook, saying: ‘There was a terrible accident at Swan today with many injuries, and much damage to the pavilion. 

‘Please keep all the people and families in attendance in your prayers.’

The boat club said it would be closed as officials carry out their investigation.  

 

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