EGELSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 16-year-old girl was seriously injured after being hit by a minivan while walking to school in Muskegon County.
It happened Tuesday morning around 7:05 a.m. on Hall Road near Raap’s Way in Egelston Township.
"What we’re finding is that obviously this morning it was still dark and there was rain. Right now from what our investigation can see, the vehicle was traveling Eastbound on Hall Road and struck this girl. She was traveling the same way," said Muskegon County Sheriff Michael Poulin during an interview with FOX 17 on Tuesday afternoon. "It appears from what we can see at the scene there’s a puddle in the area that she may have been stepping out onto the pavement to get around at the time of the accident."
Sheriff Poulin said he doesn't know who called 911. However, the driver of the minivan is cooperating with the investigation and there's so far been no evidence of alcohol or drugs.
"He is being cooperative. He volunteered for a blood test or just some specific protocols that we take," he said. "He gave us an opportunity to give us his phone because it was reported that he was talking on the phone at the time."
As for the 16-year-old girl, she was immediately taken to the hospital with critical injuries.
"I did just call and spoke with my command that was there available, and from what I understand she’s doing better. She was sitting up and talking," he said.