Drunk, distracted motorist crashes killing 21-year-old EMU student, nurse hopeful

FREEDOM TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - Pieces of the crash remain on Parker Road in Freedom Township, where Kai Northrup learned from a state trooper his life had changed in an instant.

“He said, 'Sir, your daughter is deceased,' said Northrup. "And, I just froze.”

Chelsey Northrup was driving southbound Sunday, when the northbound driver crossed the center line.

Michigan State Police say the driver of a Ford pickup truck, 36-year-old Garrett Roe, may have been drinking and reaching for a cell phone, when he collided into Chelsea’s car.

Roe was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Chelsey, a 21-year-old EMU student, with dreams of being a nurse, died at the scene.

“She wanted to go into the medical field," said Chelsey's sister Alexis Northrup. "We were actually both going to apply to the nursing program at Eastern. So, it’s kind of bittersweet, you know, applying now. If I get in, thinking about her. I just know, she’d be there with me, and she’d want me to do it.”

Because they say Chelsey would want them to help others, the Northrup’s are using their tragedy to let others know alcohol and phones have no place on the road.

“It just took one second for him to reach down for his phone or however many drinks he had," said Alexis. "It just could have been prevented. She could have been here with us, you know?”

“We can’t do this. We can’t drink and drive," said Kai Northrup, "I mean everybody thinks they can."

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