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A Roseville man is facing criminal charges after crashing his pickup into a bus shelter in Warren and injuring six people. The crash, at 12 Mile and Van Dyke, was caught on video, which shows the pickup sliding sideways into the shelter and the unsuspecting bystanders.
The most disturbing aspect of this incident was also caught on video: The driver of the pickup gets out after the crash, steps around the victims, and simply walks away from the scene of the crime. Witnesses said he walked into a nearby Subway restaurant, where he used the bathroom, leaving as many as four of the victims trapped under the truck and making no effort to assist them.
All six victims were taken to area hospitals, where five still remained two days after the crash. A sixty-two-year-old woman was the worst hurt, but all the victims suffered various fractures. The crash happened in the late afternoon, and roads in the area might have been slick from rain. One person at the scene said the driver appeared to lose control while turning.
However, it’s also been reported that the driver was driving under the influence. Warren’s mayor has stated publicly that tests after the crash showed that the driver had a 0.07 blood alcohol content (BAC).
In court two days after the crash, the driver was charged with three counts each of operating while impaired causing serious injury and reckless driving causing serious bodily impairment. Each of the charges could bring a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison.
The driver might also face license suspension and possible vehicle seizure. He pleaded not guilty, and bond was set at $70,000. He’s scheduled to be back in court soon for pretrial hearings.
It’s been noted in reports that the driver’s 0.07 BAC was below the legal limit (0.08). But that doesn’t stop prosecutors from pursuing a DUI or OWI charge.
A driver doesn’t have to reach or exceed the 0.08 threshold to be considered impaired; reaching that level only means that a DUI charge would be automatic. Impairment can happen at lower levels, and it is within the letter of the law to declare a driver impaired if the driver shows indications of being under the influence after consuming any alcohol at all.
Our thoughts go out to the victims, and we hope they’ll all see complete and speedy recoveries. But when someone is hurt in a car crash, that’s not always the case, which is why it’s so important to work with an attorney who understands all the intricacies of Michigan car accident law.
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