On July 14, an associate coach at Michigan State University was taken into custody after he was involved in a car accident. The 37-year-old Holt resident was believed to have caused the chain-reaction crash after he became distracted while behind the wheel.
The associate coach was reportedly driving south on U.S. 23 in Summerfield Township when the accident occurred. Authorities involved in the investigation believed that the man struck the back of a Hyundai Elantra. The impact caused the Hyundai to be pushed into the back of a Toyota Solara. The coach's vehicle then hit the back of a Cadillac CTS.
Two people in the Hyundai were pronounced dead as a result of the crash. They were identified as a 35-year-old woman and her 5-year-old daughter, who was a passenger in the backseat. The 20-year-old driver of the Toyota and the two occupants of the Cadillac, a 68-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman, The coach had not yet been arraigned on charges as the accident was still under investigation.
Although many often focus on the dangers of drunk drivers, distracted drivers are also a huge problem on Michigan's roads. Car accidents caused by distracted drivers can result in life-altering injuries or even death. If a distracted driver was found to be liable for a fatal accident, an attorney could work with family members who lost a loved one in the crash. The attorney may assist with gathering evidence that proves that the distracted driver was liable, which could include witness testimony and a police report. The family members could seek compensation for the losses that they incurred.
Source: Lansing State Journal, "Police: Michigan State coach was distracted prior to fatal accident", RJ Wolcott, July 17, 2017