St. Clair Shores teen killed in Roseville accident

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 28, 2014

A 16-year-old girl was killed, and seven others injured, in an accident early July 26 at the Little Mack Avenue and 12 Mile Road intersection.

According to a press release by the Roseville Police Department, the victim, Aliyah D’Iorio, and the seven injured people were traveling northbound on Little Mack in a Ford Expedition shortly after midnight when the driver, another St. Clair Shores teen, allegedly ignored a red traffic light and entered the intersection. A westbound vehicle then struck the Expedition.

D’Iorio was in one of the rear passenger seats and was not wearing a seatbelt. The press release said that the force of the impact ejected her from her seat within the vehicle, and she died from multiple injuries.

The other passengers were wearing seatbelts — including the driver, five other teens and one adult — and all suffered various minor injuries. They were transported to a hospital where four teens and the adult were treated and released. Two teens were kept in temporary serious conditions with non-life-threatening injuries.

The other driver, a 33-year-old Clinton Township woman, was not injured, but she was arrested for allegedly operating her vehicle while intoxicated. Police Chief James Berlin said that as of July 28, no one had been charged or cited in the crash yet.

“Everything we’ve got in so far was presented to the Prosecutor’s Office this morning, and before any charges are filed, they want to see the results of the blood test (of the 33-year-old driver),” Berlin said.

The Diesel Concert Lounge. 33151 23 Mile Road in Chesterfield Township, is planning a fundraiser that will start at 7 p.m. Aug. 1. Owner Mike Mitchell said donations are $10 and all of the proceeds will be going to help the family with funeral expenses. The event will include a silent auction, raffles and giveaways, he said.

“Aliyah’s mother, Mara, is an employee of ours and has worked for me for almost 10 years,” Mitchell said. “We’re very close to the family — their family is like our family — so it was like a no-brainer to host something here to help the family with the funeral expenses and all the other expenses that come with something like this.”

Mitchell said D’Iorio was the “epitome” of what a person might think a teenager should be: full of energy and always smiling.

“I don’t think I ever saw her when she wasn’t laughing or making other people around her smile,” he said. “She was just the best kid.”

Berlin does not believe the Expedition was over capacity, saying that he believed it had three rows of seating, giving everyone a seat. He said the importance of wearing a seatbelt cannot be overestimated.

“It can’t be stated enough how important it is,” he said. “Statistics show that you’re less likely to get injured, and injuries will be less severe if you’re buckled up.”