Alcohol May be Factor in Crash That Seriously Hurt Teen

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BATH TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Police believe alcohol played a role in a crash that seriously injured a high school senior.

Macy Emma Mruk, 18, of Copley, is listed in serious condition at Akron General Hospital. Investigators say even though her injuries are serious, they are not life-threatening.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says Mruk was driving when she crashed into a tree in Bath Township around 1:00 a.m. Thursday.

"I hear this high-speed whine, some car speeding up, and the next thing I know, I hear this horrific crash and crunch, and I thought perhaps someone had hit another car that was parked on the street," said David Keller, who lives across from where the accident happened.

Investigators with the State Highway Patrol say Mruk was driving northbound on Bath Hills Boulevard near Berkshire Circle when her 2002 Volkswagen Jetta veered off of the left side of the road, hit a tree and then overturned, tossing her through the sunroof.

"Apparently, she was ejected from the window. It was obvious. The driver's door was closed and she was in the street about 20 feet, 10 feet from the car.  The car was upside down," explained Keller. "The lady in the street, fortunately, could at least move around. I thought she was dead."

Macy is a senior at Revere High School in Richfield, where she is also a cheerleader.

The school's principal, Phil King, says counselors were at the school Thursday to help her friends and classmates deal with the accident.

He says several held a prayer vigil after school.

State troopers say Macy was alone in the car and no other cars were involved.

They also believe she had been drinking.

"I hope the woman's OK ... I certainly do," Keller said.

Investigators also say she was not wearing a seat belt.

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