Police report says alcohol believed to be factor in Danielle Downey's death

Created: 02/03/2014 11:19 PM WHEC.com

There is new information about a crash in Alabama that killed Spencerport native and former professional golfer, Danielle Downey.

According to a report from the Alabama Department of Transportation, police believe alcohol played a role in the crash Thursday night.

The report says Downey and some friends had been drinking at a restaurant in Auburn. The report says a friend tried to take Downey’s keys because it looked like she had too much to drink.

Also in the report, another witness says Downey’s car passed her at a high rate of speed, went off the road, hit a tree and flipped over several times.

Police say Downey was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the car. 

Calling hours will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the DiPopnzio Funeral Home on Spencerport Road in Gates. Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Chapel on the Westside in Spencerport.

A scholarship fund will be set up in Downey's name to benefit girls' golf. Donations can be made to:"Danielle Downey Scholarship Fund" c/o Summit FCU 100 Marina Dr. Rochester, NY 14626.

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