One teen killed, 3 others seriously injured in weekend crash

A memorial has been set up for Dax Burk.
A memorial has been set up for Dax Burk.(WNEM)
Published: May. 22, 2023 at 7:56 AM EDT
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BAY CO., Mich. (WNEM) - A Hemlock Schools student is dead and three other mid-Michigan teenagers were seriously injured after a crash over the weekend.

It happened shortly before 3 a.m. on Saturday, May 20 on 7 Mile Road near Freeland Road in Bay County.

Homeowners near the scene of the crash called 911 after hearing the loud noise, the Michigan State Police Tri-City Post said.

A 2008 GMC Sierra was traveling southbound on 7 Mile Road when it left the road and crashed into a water-filled ditch and driveway embankment, police said.

An 18-year-old Saginaw man was driving the vehicle, police said, adding he and two passengers (a 15-year-old from Saginaw and a 16-year-old from St. Charles) were seriously injured in the crash.

An 18-year-old Hemlock Schools student, who was also a passenger in the car, died from his injuries, police said.

Hemlock Schools has identified the student as Dax Burk, a virtual senior.

“Our hearts are heavy as we think of the family and friends who are grieving during this difficult time. Please join us in keeping them in your thoughts and prayers,” the district said in a Facebook post.

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All of the teens were taken to local hospitals for medical treatment.

The three surviving teens are still hospitalized, police said.

Two of the surviving teens are students at St. Charles Community Schools.

St. Charles Community Schools said counseling services are available to provide emotional support, guidance, and a safe space for students and staff members who may be struggling with the news of the crash.

Students, staff, and parents are encouraged to reach out to the school administration at 989-865-9961 if they need support.

“Our thoughts are with the families, friends, and classmates of the teens involved in this crash,” MSP said.

Police believe alcohol and speed were factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

As of Thursday, May 25, no one had been charged for the crash, according to MSP.

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