16-Year-Old Girl Is Killed While Sledding After Getting Hit by a 20-Year-Old Drunk Driver
A 16-year-old girl in Indiana was killed while sledding after sliding onto the road and getting hit by a drunk driver, police said.
Davis Collier was sledding on a hill near the road when she slid into the path of oncoming traffic.
She was hit in Newburgh around 10 p.m. on Jan. 13 by a vehicle being driven by Galina Witte, 20, who was later revealed to be driving while drunk.
When officers arrived at the scene they found Collier dead, reported the Indy Star.
Witte was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction.
According to local radio station WIKY, Witte had been arrested in 2017 after an officer watched her weave a vehicle from shoulder to shoulder on a highway while driving over 80 miles per hour. The officer called it “the worse driving I’ve seen.”
Witte was arrested then on several charges including DUI and possession of marijuana.
A perusal of her Facebook page shows pictures of her smoking inside a vehicle and also noting just a week ago that she’s purchased a new vehicle.
— Davis Collier (@davis_collier7) March 5, 2017
The Tristate Homepage reported that the area where Collier was sledding, known as the French Island Trail, has been closed in an effort to prevent other deaths.
The area was popular with families and teenagers, with some parents saying they’d previously stood in the road to make sure cars weren’t coming.
“You can’t even tell once you’re up there the difference between ground and the street,” Samantha James, one parent, told the outlet. “Kids aren’t paying attention to cars and if anything people just need to be slowing down because they know kids are sledding.”
A friend of the family, Nichole Victor, has started an account on Meal Train to help provide meals and other support to the grieving family.
Numerous families have signed up, with most dates taken until March.
The effort has also raised $1,560 for the family.