Berrien Twp., Mich. – Woman killed in suspected drunk driving crash involving 20-year-old driver | fox28.com

A young woman is dead after a single car accident early Tuesday morning in Berrien Township.  The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department says a Ford Pick-up was heading north on Pucker St. when the driver lost control and hit a tree.

The passenger in the truck, a 19-year-old woman, was killed in the crash.  Police say the driver of the vehicle, a 20-year-old man, was found “wandering around the area with visible injuries.”  The driver was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies arrested the driver on a preliminary charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants causing death.  Police have not yet released the identities of the driver or the passenger.

via Woman killed in suspect drunk driving accident – Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports.

Auburn, Mich. – Man accused of driving through house, killing sleeping man | MLive.com

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Nearly seven hours after he was arrested on charges of drunkenly crashing a vehicle into an Auburn home and killing a man sleeping inside, Hunter D. Motko was still significantly above the legal limit of intoxication, according to police reports.

Those reports, included in court records, indicate that deputies at about 12:35 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, had 21-year-old Motko blow into a Breathalyzer inside the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. Those results indicated his blood alcohol level was at 0.138; a person is legally intoxicated in Michigan when their blood alcohol level is at 0.08.

Deputies’ reports show Motko was driving his mother’s maroon 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe south on Edwards Street about 5:40 a.m. on Sunday, March 9. He ran a stop sign, struck a curb or snow bank, was launched airborne and hit the ground before crashing into the northeast section of a brick house at 501 Ruth St., police have said. The SUV struck husband and wife Vaughn E. and Sandra A. Lietzke, sleeping in their master bedroom, court records show.

The impact threw the Lietzkes from their bed and pushed them against a wall closet, court records show.

According to deputies’ reports, the SUV took up nearly the entire bedroom, leaving little space to move around in with concrete rubble scattered about. Firefighters were initially unable to find Vaughn Lietzke due to the heavy amount of debris, reports show.

A tow truck removed the SUV and medical personnel pronounced Vaughn Lietzke, 41, dead at the scene. Sandra Lietzke was airlifted to St. Mary’s of Michigan Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

Motko was still in the SUV when deputies arrived. He swore at them and refused to exit the vehicle, and recoiled when deputies attempted to pull him out, records show. They had to stun him with a Taser, which had little effect, and then pulled him out from the back of the vehicle, records show.

Throughout the process, Motko accused the deputies of police brutality and said he would testify. His speech was slurred and he smelled heavily of intoxicants, deputies wrote in their reports.

Deputies arrested Motko and transported him to the Bay County Jail. During the ride, Motko told the deputies he didn’t understand why they weren’t taking him home.

“I didn’t (expletive) kill anyone!” Motko insisted to the deputies, records show.

As the deputies and Motko drove over Veterans Memorial Bridge, Motko asked to be released so he could kill himself by jumping off the bridge, records show.

Deputies obtained a search warrant for a blood sample and took him to McLaren Bay Region hospital. Motko continued being unruly with deputies and hospital staff. At one point, Motko urinated on himself in a lobby and laughed, saying, “I’m going to get away with drunk driving,” court records show.

Deputies handcuffed Motko to a chair as a phlebotomist drew his blood at 8:22 a.m. He kicked a deputy twice in the shin during the process, court records show.

With the process over, deputies returned Motko to the Bay County Jail. They interviewed him at 11:46 a.m. after reading him his Miranda rights.

Motko said he wasn’t driving the SUV and didn’t believe deputies when they told him the charges he was facing.

“I was (expletive) up,” he said, according to court records. “I don’t know what happened.”

Motko told the interviewers he frequently blacks out.

“You know, when you drink, doesn’t everybody black out?” he asked the deputies, according to court records.

Motko told deputies he had been at the Auburn Hotel and Déjà Vu earlier Sunday, but did not state how many drinks he had or who was with him. At 12:35 p.m., deputies had Motko blow into the Breathalyzer.

Toward the end of questioning, Motko began crying and said, “I am going to prison for the rest of my life.”

Motko on Monday, March 10, appeared via closed-circuit television in the courtroom of Bay County Chief District Judge Timothy J. Kelly for arraignment on charges of operating while intoxicated causing death, a 15-year felony; operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, a five-year felony; and operating while intoxicated, second offense, a 90-day misdemeanor. Kelly set Motko’s bond at $500,000.

Motko is to appear for a preliminary examination before District Judge Mark E. Janer at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 24.

Bay County Prosecutor Kurt C. Asbury said on Tuesday, March 11, that Michigan State Police accident reconstructionists are still investigating the crash. He also said that Motko’s blood sample has been sent to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab in Lansing for evaluation, the results of which are sometime away.

via Police: Auburn man accused of driving through house, killing man had blood alcohol level of 0.138 hours after arrest | MLive.com.

Macomb Co., Mich. – Woman arraigned in fatal crash | freep.com

Rachel Lehman, 27, of Fraser, was arraigned Monday in the death earlier this month of Ronald Gluszewski, 65, of St. Clair Shores, after a four-vehicle accident in Mt. Clemens in January.

A Fraser woman, who police suspect was high on drugs or alcohol, was arraigned today in connection with a January car crash in Mt. Clemens that fatally injured another motorist.

Rachel Lehman, 27, was ordered held on a $250,000 bond during arraignment on operating while intoxicated causing death, a 15-year felony, in 41B District Court in Clinton Township, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office said. The Sheriff’s Office said Lehman has a 2008 conviction for operating while intoxicated.

Lehman is charged in the death of Ronald Gluszewski, 65, of St. Clair Shores, who was stopped for a red light at Groesbeck and Cass when his car was rear-ended by Lehman’s car Jan. 31. The accident caused a chain-reaction crash involving two other vehicles.

Gluszewski, a General Motors retiree, was treated for serious injuries; but in the days and weeks that followed, his condition worsened and he died March 11, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies suspected she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and said a blood analysis is pending. She remains in the county jail pending a preliminary examination set for April 7.

via Woman arraigned in crash that fatally injured St. Clair Shores man | Detroit Free Press | freep.com.

Livingston Co., Mich. – One Dead, Accused Drunk Driver Released | livingstondaily.com

A 49-year-old Fenton man jailed in connection with a fatal crash Friday was released Monday from the Livingston County Jail.

Prosecutor William Vailliencourt confirmed that his office ordered the man’s release, pending additional investigation and police reports into the rear-end crash that left a 31-year-old Mount Morris man dead.

Sheriff Bob Bezotte said the victim, Leroy Leon Batson, had stopped his 1997 Plymouth Breeze in the right lane of southbound U.S. 23, south of White Lake Road, when his vehicle, which was in park, was rear-ended by a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup about 11:50 p.m. Friday.

Batson died at the scene. A medical examiner concluded Saturday that Batson died of blunt-force trauma due to the crash, the sheriff said. Toxicology reports will take at least six weeks, he noted.

The driver of the pickup, identified by police as the 49-year-old Fenton man, was arrested and lodged at the jail on suspicion of drunken driving.

Bezotte said a preliminary breath test indicated the pickup driver’s blood-alcohol content was 0.16, which is two times the legal limit.

via http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20140225/NEWS06/302250016/Court-Docket-Alleged-drunken-driver-released-from-jail

Battle Creek, Mich. – One pedestrian dead, another critical. Alleged drunk driver charged | wwmt.com

A woman is dead and a man is in critical condition after they are hit while walking in the road. Police say they were hit by a drunk driver.

Police say it happened at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Columbia Ave. near Riverside Drive.

They say a say a 57-year-old woman from Ceresco was eastbound on Columbia and hit the pedestrians. They say snow on the sidewalks caused them to walk in the road.

22-year-old Lillie Montgomery was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. Christopher Gariepy, 24, was taken to the hospital after suffering critical injuries.  His condition has since been upgraded to good.

Police say alcohol appears to be a factor. The driver of the vehicle was arrested for operating while intoxicating, causing death.

via One pedestrian dies, one in critical condition after being hit by drunk driver – WWMT – Kalamazoo MI Top Stories – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic.

Mt. Clemens, Mich. – Alleged drunk driver charged in crash that killed massage therapist | macombdaily.com

Oren Eker Brown, 39, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township on a charge of operating while intoxicated causing death.

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Massage therapist Gayle Naiman had just received her free weekly massage after working on five other clients in Clinton Township Saturday before she climbed into her 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser to head home.

She never made it.

On her way home, the 64-year-old Naiman was struck and killed by a motorist who police say was intoxicated and ran a red light at the intersection of Groesbeck Highway and Cass Avenue in Mount Clemens.

“We were devastated when we heard what happened,” said Rebecca Scott, owner of Associates Therapeutic Massage in Clinton Township where Naiman worked. “She had the most infectious laugh you ever heard. Some of her clients called her Miss Sunshine.”

On Tuesday, Oren Eker Brown, 39, of Clinton Township, was arraigned in 41B District Court on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death, a 15-year felony. He is being held in the Macomb County Jail on a $300,000 bond.

According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, Brown was travelling south on Groesbeck Avenue in his 2004 Ford Conversion van about 7:20 p.m. when he disregarded a red light and struck Naiman’s PT Cruiser, which was headed east on Cass.

Naiman was pronounced dead at the scene. The impact was so great, Brown’s van flipped over, said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. Brown was taken to Macomb McLaren hospital for treatment of various injuries but has since been released and was taken to the jail.

He has two previous convictions for drinking and driving related crimes, according to a news release.

via Alleged drunk driver charged in accident that killed Clinton Township massage therapist.

Lowell Township, Mich. – Felony OWI charged after Lake Odessa woman fatally struck on overpass | MLive.com

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A Lowell man has been jailed on multiple felony charges after police said he struck and killed a woman pushing an out-of-gas van full of children on a highway overpass.

Tonya Beha, 36, of Lake Odessa, died at the scene of the Saturday, Feb. 15 crash that occurred on the M-50 bridge over I-96 in Lowell Township about 10:18 p.m.

Michigan State Police said Beha and another woman were pushing the Honda Odyssey minivan with seven people, including children, inside when a pickup truck rear-ended the vehicle.

Jay Charles Hobbs, 48, of Lowell, was driving the Chevrolet pickup truck that struck Beha, police said. He was traveling north on M-50/Alden Nash Ave. at the time.

Hobbs allegedly fled the scene on foot and was later captured in the woods south of the accident scene, police said.

He was lodged in the Kent County Jail on charges of operating while intoxicated causing death, a 15-year felony, and leaving the scene of a fatal crash, also a felony.

via Lowell man facing felony OWI charges after Lake Odessa woman fatally struck on overpass | MLive.com.

Jackson Co., Mich.: – Drunk Driver Allegedly Kills 53-Year-Old Woman | wlns.com

A man from Minnesota is in jail after a two-vehicle accident killed a 53-year-old woman.

It happened around 5:30 a.m. Thursday on Michigan Avenue.

The woman, Kathy Kopulous of Parma Twp. was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Minnesota man, 20, was arrested for OWI causing death (operating while intoxicated). He was not injured in the crash.

Michigan State Police are currently investigating the accident.

via Drunk Driver Kills 53-Year-Old Woman – WLNS TV 6 Lansing – Jackson | Your Local News Leader.

Plainwell, Mich. – Toddler killed, father charged with drunken driving | MLive.com

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A 42-year-old father has been charged for drunken driving causing the death of his toddler daughter after a single-car crash Saturday afternoon.

Allegan County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded at 12:55 p.m. Saturday to the crash on 10th Street just north of Baseline Road near Plainwell. Deputies determined that the driver, Chadwick Michael Solheid, 42, was driving a 2004 Buick Rendezvous southbound on 10th Street when he crossed over the center line and struck a tree in the ditch on the east side of the roadway.

Solheid’s daughter, 23-month-old Londyn Kimberly Solheid, was seriously injured. An off-duty nurse stopped at the crash and provided first aid to the toddler. She was taken by Plainwell EMS to Bronson Methodist Hospital, where she later died.

read more here > Toddler killed, father charged with drunken driving in crash near Plainwell | MLive.com.

Hastings, Mich. – One Killed In Rollover Crash, Driver Arrested | FOX17online.com

The driver of a pickup involved in a rollover crash on M-37 that killed the passenger was arrested Tuesday morning for drunk driving causing death.

The passenger, Martin Breitner, 52, of Hastings, died at the scene on M-37 near Sager Road. The driver, who remained unidentified by officials, was first taken to the hospital and then transferred to the Barry County Jail.

The highway was closed from the time of the crash, around 12:40 a.m., until shortly after 5 a.m.

via One Killed In Rollover Crash, Driver Arrested | FOX17online.com.

Flint, Mich. – Possible drunk driver strikes and kills bicycle rider | miNBCnews.com

Last night at around 10, police say a Chevy Astro Van left the roadway on Dort Highway at I-475, struck a sign, then continued to Pierson Road, where the driver struck a man on a bicycle.

Police say alcohol was factor and have a suspect, age 46, in custody. The vehicle started out on northbound I-475 , where police say it left the road and struck a sign as it exited to Dort Highway.

Then the driver fled the scene in his vehicle and drove to Pierson Road, where the driver hit a man on a bicycle, who was 51-years-of-age, who then died.

via Possible drunk driver strikes and kills bicycle rider in Flint : News : miNBCnews.com.

Cascade Twp., Mich. – Man Charged With OWI in Fatal Crash | FOX17online.com

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CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A man was charged Friday with causing death while driving under the influence in connection with he Thursday crash on Patterson and 36th.

Joseph Jay Ford, 27, of Wyoming was charged in 63rd District Court with two counts of operating while impaired causing death.

At 9:51 p.m., deputies say Ford was driving northbound on Patterson Avenue and collided with a westbound vehicle driven by 23-year-old Caledonia man Eric Fischer.  The two vehicles then collided with an eastbound semi-truck, killing Fischer and his 20-year-old Andrea Herrera of Lowell.

Both Ford and the 50-year-old driver of the semi both suffered non-life threatening injuries.  Ford is currently held on $50,000 bond and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 23.

via Man Charged With OWI in Fatal Kent Co. Crash | FOX17online.com.

Detroit – 45-year-old man killed by drunk driver while riding bike | wxyz.com

A 45-year-old man was struck and killed by a drunk driver on Wednesday night while he was riding his bicycle in Detroit.

Police say a 67-year-old man was driving a mini van while intoxicated when he struck the man on the bike near the intersection of Fenkell and Freeland.

Detroit police say they arrested the 67-year-old at the scene.

via Police: 45-year-old man killed by drunk driver while riding bike in Detroit.

Sturgis, Mich. – Fatal drunk driving crash early Saturday morning | wincountry.com

One man is dead and a second hospitalized after a one car crash that Sturgis Police say involved both speeding and alcohol. Police arriving at the location of the crash early Saturday morning at East Hatch and Jean Streets in Sturgis found two men in the wreckage of a car.

The driver, 28-year-old Mark Edmisten was pronounced dead at the scene.  The passenger, 42-year-old Carlos Ortiz was taken by Careflight to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo with apparent life threatening injuries.  He has since been upgraded to good condition.

via Fatal drunk driving crash in Sturgis early Saturday morning – News – WIN 98.5 Your Country – WNWN FM – Battle Creek, MI.

Port Huron, Mich. – Repeat offender charged in fatal crash killing 2, ages 19 and 20 | thetimesherald.com

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A 30-year-old Port Huron Township woman charged in the fatal crash that killed two young Avoca men was out on bond on a separate operating while intoxicated charge at the time of the crash.

And she was charged in a third case Friday.

Lisa Lynn Bergman was arraigned Friday afternoon on two counts of operating while intoxicated causing death and two counts of operating on a suspended license causing death in connection with the fatal July 20 crash. Bond was set at $500,000, cash or surety.

Police have said Bergman was eastbound on Lapeer Road, east of Allen Road shortly before 2 a.m. when her truck crossed the center line and hit a car occupied by 19-year-old Russell Ward and 20-year-old Koby Raymo.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

Bergman remained quiet during the arraignment, only answering questions and wiping her face as the magistrate read the charges.

Bergman also was arraigned on a separate case Friday on charges of possession of a controlled substance and operating under the influence stemming from a May 5, 2012, incident. Bond was set at $20,000 in that case.

Both preliminary examinations are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Aug. 6 in front of Judge John Monaghan.

At the time of the crash, Bergman was out of jail on bond and awaiting trial on a March 17, 2012, incident.

In that case, she faces a trial Aug. 1 on charges of possession of a controlled substance, operating under the influence, failing to stop at the scene of a property-damage accident and with being a habitual offender.

read more here > Fatal crash not driver’s first arrest | The Times Herald | thetimesherald.com.