2007-07-26 / Front Page

Crash injures teen

Prosecutor reviewing case

Michigan State Police at Houghton Lake are investigating an accident involving a personal watercraft (PWC) which critically injured a youth on Higgins Lake July 21.

According to a police report, Ashley Miller, 18, of Pleasanton, CA was consuming alcohol at a bonfire at her family's cottage on Higgins Lake in Lyon Township with an 18-year-old girl, also of Pleasanton, CA, and two 18-year-old boys from Roscommon.

At around 2 a.m., Miller and one of the boys decided to go for a ride on a PWC. Miller was operating the PWC when it struck the end of a dock at high speed. She sustained serious injuries, including head injuries in the accident, while her passenger had minor injuries.

According to witnesses, the girl and boy who were left on shore attempted to assist Miller after the accident. Witnesses told police that the boy who was a passenger told the boy who was assisting the accident victim that he couldn't be at the scene of the accident when police showed up, so the two boys left, instructing the girl to tend to Miller alone.

Miller was also assisted at the scene, before an ambulance arrived, by Andrew Pytiak, 27, of West Bloomfield, a third year medical student at Wayne State University, and Mark Pytiak, 22, also of West Bloomfield. Andrew Pytiak told police that when they first made contact with Miller she was "partially in the water, draped over the dock."

The case is still under investigation and is currently being reviewed by the Roscommon County Prosecutor.

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