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Alcohol may be a factor in fatal collision

February 17, 2014


MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County Sheriff’s investigators say alcohol may have been a factor in a deadly weekend accident in Mount Clemens that claimed the life of a St. Clair County woman.

Capt. Brenda Baker said preliminary findings show that the victim, 64, was traveling eastbound on Cass Avenue at around 8 p.m. Feb. 15 and negotiating a left turn onto northbound Groesbeck when another driver traveling southbound on Groesbeck failed to stop at a red light. The driver, a 40-year-old man from Clinton Township, reportedly struck the victim’s vehicle on the passenger’s side.

Baker said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Our preliminary investigation indicates alcohol may have been a factor,” Baker said. “We’re still investigating.”

The names of the victim and the suspected drunk driver have not been released, and Baker would not say if a Breathalyzer test had been conducted on the man at the scene.

Because of the President’s Day holiday, Baker said the suspect will not be arraigned and formally charged in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township until Feb. 18. He is being held in the Macomb County Jail.

About the author

Staff Writer Julie Snyder covers Harrison Township, Mount Clemens, Macomb County, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, and Mount Clemens Community Schools for the Journal. She has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2003, and attended the University of Toledo with degrees in journalism and photography. Julie has received several awards for her work in Arizona and Washington, including AP awards in Arizona for breaking news reporting and feature writing.

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