In an ongoing investigation, a 49-year-old Bridgeport Township woman has been jailed while awaiting charges on allegations that she fatally struck and killed a tow truck driver while driving drunk.
At approximately 10:26 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, the tow truck driver was loading a disabled vehicle onto his flatbed truck. It was at that time that he was struck by a Jeep Cherokee driven by the 49-year-old woman. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and she was taken into custody. If found guilty, she could formally be charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death. In the state of Michigan, this charge holds a sentence of up to five years in prison and a $1,000 to $5,000 fine.
If you have been charged with this or a similar crime, consult a criminal attorney immediately. It is also highly advisable that you do not speak to anyone regarding the incident until you have been advised by an attorney, so as to protect your own defense.
An attorney experienced in handling these types of crimes may be able to work out a plea deal or reduced sentence for you. The likelihood of this happening depends on your cooperation and speediness in contacting him or her. The longer you allow yourself to go unrepresented, and the more you speak on your own behalf, the more likely pressure will be placed on you to admit guilt and accept a sentencing deal that could have been better negotiated. Don't attempt to handle this on your own.
Source: Mlive.com, "Drunken Driver Suspected of Fatally Hitting Tow Truck Employee," Michael Kransz, Jan. 11, 2018