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The vast majority of those who work in the public sector and are charged with the task of keeping Michigan residents safe do an admirable job of performing those duties. Unfortunately, it is possible for them to fail to act in the public's best interest at times. These emergency responders can, at times, cause car accidents in the process of carrying out their duties. One officer is now facing a felony charge for a fatal collision.

The wreck occurred in January this year. According to the charging documents, the police officer was driving his patrol vehicle in excess of the posted 40 mph speed limit. He was purportedly with his assigned partner as they were working their shift. It is unclear whether they were responding to a call at the time.

The patrol car was not running with its lights or sirens activated. The police car then collided with another vehicle. The driver of that second car suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Originally, the officer was charged with a misdemeanor count of causing death in the course of committing a moving violation. A judge recently ordered that the officer be charged with a felony count of reckless driving in light of failing to activate the warning sirens and lights.

The officer is currently on administrative leave since being initially charged several months ago until the case has been resolved. If convicted, the man could be sentenced to a maximum of 15 years. The family of the 58-year-old victim may feel some sense of closure with the new charges, but they may still be struggling both with the physical loss of their loved one as well as mounting financial losses in the months since his untimely death. Michigan families who have lost loved ones to tragic car accidents may choose to pursue relief for those monetary damages through the successful filing of a wrongful death suit.

Source: freep.com, "Dearborn Heights police officer faces felony charge in fatal crash", Elisha Anderson, Nov. 8, 2017

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