Driver Charged With Vehicular Homicide After Pickup Hits Minivan, Killing Mom and 4 Kids:
Reason to Blow Up the World…
TOLEDO, Ohio — A drunken driver from Michigan sped down a highway in the wrong direction for about seven miles before his pickup truck slammed into a minivan carrying a family home after a holiday trip, police said.
A woman and four children in the minivan, including two authorities say were from Michigan, were killed in the crash that scattered toys, stuffed animals and bits of gift wrap along the edge of the road.
Tests showed that the pickup truck’s wrong-way driver had a blood-alcohol level of .254 percent, more than three times the legal limit in Ohio of .08, police said.
Michael Gagnon, 24, of Adrian, Mich., was charged Monday with aggravated vehicular homicide. His speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol at the crash scene, according to a police report.
His truck was going north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 280 Sunday night, fire officials said.
Three of the victims were a mother from Maryland and her two children.
Bethany Griffin, 36, Jordan Griffin, 10, and Verde Griffin, 6 months, all of Parkville, Md., were killed along with Lacie Burkman, 7, and Haley Burkman, 10, both of Redford Township, Mich., near Detroit, according to the Lucas County Coroner’s office.
Both drivers tried to avoid each other, but the crash ripped a side door off the minivan, throwing out some of the victims.
An infant seat wrapped with pink baby blankets landed in the roadway.
And as usual in cases like this…
Gagnon also was taken to a hospital, but his injuries were not as serious.
5 family members dead just because this assclown wanted to get drunk. I wonder how many past DUI offenses he has.