Crash sends car airborne for 100 ft., pins teen, sheriff says

Driver charged with violation of absolute sobriety in Grant County accident
Crash sends car airborne for 100 ft., pins teen, sheriff says

Two teens were injured early Friday after a crash caused the car they were in to go airborne for more than 100 feet and land in a creek. 

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department said 18-year-old Kimberly Kennedy was driving a 2009 Kia Optima at 2:39 a.m. on Highway V when she drove through the intersection at Highway 133 and struck the guardrail on the west side of the road. 

According to the report, the car destroyed about 156 feet of guardrail before it went airborne and came to rest in a creek. 

The sheriff’s department said Kennedy was able to exit the vehicle after the accident, but passenger Morgan Tittle, 18, had to be extricated by the Glen Haven Fire Department. 

The teens, from Dubuque, Iowa, were taken to Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster, officials said. 

Kennedy was arrested for violating the absolute sobriety law, the sheriff’s department said. Drivers under 21 are required by law to maintain “absolute sobriety,” which means driving with any amount of alcohol in their system is illegal, according to the Department of Transportation.

The car was heavily damaged and had to be towed from the scene. 

Authorities said the crash remains under investigation.