Suspect in hit-and-run crash appears in court

Hit-and-run suspect Steven Patrick Guzina made an appearance in court for a preliminary hearing of the crash that took the life of Myron Jarrett, a veteran Detroit police officer.

The accident took place last October 28 near Monica Street and Puritan Avenue. According to reports, Jarrett was assisting an investigation when an unknown van struck him and two other officers. Jarret sustained multiple injuries and was immediately rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The two other officers were fortunately not injured. Guzina, the driver of the van, left his stalled vehicle at the crash scene and escaped the scene by foot. He was later arrested at a bus stop near Grand River Avenue and Schaefer Highway.

The 54-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, driving under the influence causing death, driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury, hit and run, and reckless driving causing death and/or serious injuries.

We at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys are deeply saddened by this tragic news. We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Myron Jarrett.

Five cyclists killed and four injured in hit-and-run crash

On Tuesday, June 7, shortly before 7 p.m., five bicyclists were killed and four others were injured after a pickup truck hit their group outside Kalamazoo, Michigan. The crash happened near a park in Cooper Township.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Getting said the bicyclists were pronounced dead at the scene while the truck driver was identified as a 50-year-old man from western Michigan. He was arrested after fleeing on foot after the accident. The identities of the victims were not immediately available. One of the four injured victims was in critical condition, the second was in fair condition. The status of the other two was not clear. Witness Markus Eberhard told WOOD-TV that someone yelled at him to watch out right before the pickup truck almost ran over his foot before striking the bikers.

If you have been the victim of a truck or bus accident due to the carelessness or recklessness of another party, the attorneys at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call (248) 948-9696 to learn more about what we can do to help you following your reckless driving accident.

Family Awarded $5M in SMART Bus Accident Lawsuit

In November of 2014, Sally LaMay was killed in a bus accident when she was crossing the street on foot. A SMART bus hit the 37-year-old as she crossed the street in a marked crosswalk. The bus had a flashing yellow light at the time of the accident. The driver of the bus was fired by Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) after the incident.

Last week, an Oakland County jury ordered the company to pay $5 million to LaMay’s family for the pain they endured due to the untimely loss of their wife and mother. In court, the company argued that they should not have to pay anything to the family of the deceased because LaMay was killed instantly and did not suffer – a sentiment many in the courtroom found absurd. The jury ultimately issued the verdict to compensate for “conscious pain and suffering.”

LaMay left behind a husband and two daughters, now ages 15 and 11.

126 sustained dog bite injuries in Michigan last year

The state of Michigan ranked seventh nationwide for its number of dog bite injuries after 126 persons were bitten by dogs in the state in 2015. There was also a national total of 6,500 mail carriers nationwide that reported a dog bite or attack to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) last year.

According to the USPS, a 14 percent increase was observed in dog-related injuries from 2014 to 2015.  In Michigan, information from State Farm Insurance revealed that a total of $3.7 million was reimbursed to all dog bite victims. Sheriff Deputy Steve Campau in St. Clair County said that any dog, regardless of size or breed, is liable to bite or attack. State officials strongly advised people not to let children play with dogs unsupervised and to utilize common sense when dealing with dogs. Dog-related injuries, officials noted, are preventable if pet owners are responsible.

The lawyers at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys represent people in Michigan who have been bitten or attacked by dogs. We strongly believe that dog bite victims should receive compensation if negligent pet owners are involved. Call our office at (248) 948-9696 to learn more about your legal options.

1 critical, 3 seriously injured after Conner Street accident

Fox 2 Detroit reported on March 12 that a 22-year-old man, who was driving a Chevrolet Impala at a high rate of speed, went over the median and struck a Ford Expedition head-on. The news report also stated that the Ford Expedition landed sideways along a fence of the Detroit City Airport after the collision. Due to the severe impact, the engine from one of the vehicles was flung to the other side of the street. 

According to the police officers, the speed limit on Conner Street is 35mph, but some complaints revealed that it was often used for drag racing, an activity that has resulted in injuries and even some fatalities.

Three people – a 30-year-old woman, her 7-year-old son, and her 11-year-old daughter – were trapped inside the Expedition and were rescued by the witnesses. They were reported to be in temporary serious condition. The Chevy Impala driver was ejected from the vehicle and was said to be in critical condition due to severe head injuries.

If you have been involved in a car accident due to a reckless driver in Detroit, please speak with our personal injury lawyers at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys. Call us today at (248) 948-9696.

Detroit crash injures man

According to a report by The Detroit News, a 21-year-old man was left injured after an accident involving a Detroit fire truck on February 12 at around 5:30 a.m. The authorities said that the incident occurred on the east side of Detroit, around Mount Elliot and Grand East Boulevard.

Detroit Police Officer Nicole Kirkwood revealed that the 21-year-old man, who was driving a white Chevrolet Monte Carlo, was traveling in the northbound lane of Mount Elliot when he ran a red light. His Monte Carlo crashed into the passenger side of the Detroit Fire Department truck, which was in emergency mode as it was on the way to respond to a reported fire.

The 21-year-old man was transported to a hospital where he is said to be in stable condition. No other injuries were reported.

If you have been hurt in an automobile accident in Detroit, discuss your case with our personal injury lawyers at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys by calling our office now at (248) 948-9696. We can help you understand what legal options are available to you now.

Two women, one man killed in multiple-vehicle crash

On the afternoon of Monday, January 4, three people were killed following a six-vehicle crash around 3:30 p.m. in Livonia, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.

According to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office, the accident occurred at Five Mile Road and Levan. Apparently, an 80-year-old defrocked priest from Livonia was driving westbound on the road when his vehicle veered out of his lane, crossed the median, and hit a vehicle coming from the opposite direction.

The driver of the other vehicle was identified as a 67-year-old woman from Redford, and the passenger, her 88-year-old mother from Livonia, was pronounced dead at the scene. Both drivers of the two vehicles were taken to the hospital, but they both died later of their injuries.

The 67-year-old driver of the second vehicle was taking her mother back to an assisted living home in Livonia.

Several other vehicles were involved in the crash, and the authorities mentioned that some of the occupants sustained minor injuries.

21-year-old man dies in Oakland County accident

On December 22, a two-vehicle accident occurred at around 1:00 in the morning at White Lake Township in Oakland County and left a 21-year-old man dead. According to a report by CBS Detroit, the crash occurred when the man was driving northbound on Bogie Lake Road and turned in front of a southbound vehicle, which was being driven by a 65-year-old man. Apparently, there was a sharp curve on Bogie Lake and Cedar Island Road where the accident took place.

Lieutenant Larry Sheldon stated that it is still unknown whether the 21-year-old male was trying to make a U-turn or just turning left, although there was no road to the left of the collision site.

The 65-year-old man sustained significant injuries and was in critical condition when he was brought to a local hospital. The 21-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Speed, alcohol, and weather were not considered factors in the accident, and the case is still under police investigation.

Police trooper injured in Detroit crash

The Detroit News reported on December 9 that a Michigan State Police Trooper was injured when a southbound 1995 GMC SUV drove through a flashing red light and struck the officer’s patrol car as it was traveling east at around 2:50 in the morning. The accident happened at the Fenkell intersection near St Mary’s in the west side of Detroit.

One police trooper inside the patrol car sustained injuries and was treated at a local hospital for back and neck pain, while another trooper did not sustain any injuries.

The driver of the SUV, identified as a 31-year-old man from Inkster, was also treated for injuries. According to an investigation, the Inkster man had four outstanding warrants and three current license suspensions. He was believed to be under the influence of drugs when the crash occurred. He has been arrested on the outstanding warrants and is being held while the collision is investigated further.

If you have been injured due to a negligent driver in Detroit, please consult with our car accident attorneys at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys by calling us today at (248) 948-9696.

Benton crash kills one

On the evening of November 28 at around 9:00 p.m., a man was killed after his car was struck by another vehicle on I-94. According to the authorities, the man pulled off the road onto the shoulder to change his flat tire. When he was done and waiting to safely merge back onto the highway, a second vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed struck him.

The official reports said that the victim’s car flipped over, and the driver was trapped inside; he was later pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers in his vehicle were able to get out of the car and were taken to the hospital for treatment of their critical injuries.

The second driver, whose identity has not been released, was uninjured in the collision. Authorities have charged him with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injuries and taken him into custody at Berrien County Jail.