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Alcohol believed to be a factor in deadly wrong-way crash on US-23

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Car driven by 28-year-old Bryan Collins. His wife, Mariah Bailey-Collins, was killed in the crash. Car driven by 28-year-old Bryan Collins. His wife, Mariah Bailey-Collins, was killed in the crash.
Car driven by the teen suspected of causing the crash. Car driven by the teen suspected of causing the crash.
MUNDY TOWNSHIP (WJRT) -

(02/10/14) - Mundy Township Police say a Swartz Creek teenager, who likely had been drinking, drove the wrong-way on northbound US-23 Sunday night and crashed into a car carrying three people. 

Thirty-six-year-old Mariah Bailey-Collins, of Mt. Morris, was killed. She was a passenger in the car. Her 11-year-old son was in the backseat and is still in critical condition. The child's name is not being released. Her new husband, 28-year-old Bryan Collins, was driving and is in stable condition.

"They were just married last week," says Carrie Collins, Bryan's mother. "They were just ecstatic. They were happy to be together." 

Carrie says Bryan lives in Florida. 

"They were in Michigan packing up the rest of her belongings," she said.

Police say all three were wearing seat belts.

"It's a tragedy," says Mundy Township Police Chief Dan Atkinson. "You got a vehicle traveling northbound and all of a sudden you got a car coming at you and you try to avoid it, but just were not able to do so."

The teen suspected of causing the crash was treated for minor injuries and was in jail, at least for some of the day Monday, as police investigated. His name is not being released.

Investigators believe the teen had been drinking and entered northbound US-23, driving southbound, at the Grand Blanc Road exit. That's about a half mile way from where the crash occurred, near the Torrey Road overpass.

Police gave us a look at the car the Collins' were in, a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, and the car they say the teen was driving, a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. 

"He (Bryan) was traveling 70 mph," Atkinson said. "He had his cruise control on and hit the brakes because he thought he saw headlights coming and swerved and it was too late."

Atkinson says Genesee County Central Dispatch started receiving calls, about a wrong-way car, about 10:13 p.m. Sunday. He says two cars from his department responded right away and the collision had occurred before they made it there - within three minutes.

If you witnessed the crash or the moments leading up to it, police here want to hear from you. Please call Mundy Township Police Detective Mike Neering at 810-655-4646.

Blood test results and other police reports will be forwarded to the Genesee County Prosecutor's Office for review. Police also are looking into where the alcohol came from.

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