12-year-old driver crashes on Phillips Road

Published 5:16 am Tuesday, June 14, 2005

By Staff
NILES - When Michigan State Police responded to a call at 2:43 a.m. this morning, they found the driver of the vehicle involved in an accident did not have a license.
In fact the driver who was injured was only 12 years old.
On Tuesday, June 14, at 2:43 a.m. Niles Police Department Central Dispatch toned out a priority call of a personal injury accident which occurred of Phillip Road, Niles Township, in Berrien County.
A neighbor saw car tracks leading off the roadway and called 911, according to F/Lt. Mike Brown of the Michigan State Police.
Troopers from the Niles Post responded to the scene, located the vehicle and the driver who was trapped inside.
After further investigation, the driver was a 12-year-old male from Niles Township. The 12-year-old had taken the car of his mothers friend and it appears to be a drunk driving accident, with it still being under investigation, Brown said.
The driver was not wearing a seat belt.
The driver appeared to have broken several broken bones and remains in stable condition at Lakeland Hospital, Niles.
Troopers were assisted by Berrien County Sheriff Deputies, SMCAS medics, and Niles Township Fire/Rescue.