UPDATE: Suspected Drunk Driver Hits Young Girl Leaving Birthday Bash

Posted at 4:11 AM, Jun 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-10 07:47:39-04

MARTIN, Mich.– Nine-year-old Jaylynn Hiler is still recovering after being hit by a car while leaving the B-93 Birthday Bash.

The Allegan County Sheriff’s department says it happened around 10:00 p.m. Saturday. Officials say the driver was trying to bypass traffic in line and that alcohol is a factor in the accident.

Jaylynn’s grandma, Kathryn Hood, says the little girl is suffering from a fractured pelvis but is in good spirits. She spent the day at DeVos Children’s Hospital and was finally able to go home late Sunday evening.

Jaylynn won VIP tickets and was looking most forward to seeing Lee Brice on Sunday. Hood  just hopes everyone can learn a little something from this.

“I’m upset that people don’t know how to slow down,” said Hood.  “I mean don’t always be in such  a hurry. Life’s to short; take your time, that’s my message. Slow down, it could be you.”

The driver is expected to be arraigned sometime this week.

Aside from Jaylynn’s incident, Lt. Bob May of the Wayland State Police Post says they had two other drunk driving arrests and a few alcohol-related incidents.  Overall, he says there was nothing major despite the estimated 70,000 people who came out over the weekend.

“Overall the weekend has gone pretty well,” said Hay.  “We had more traffic than we even anticipated, the event seems to get bigger and more popular every year.”