A woman was killed, the teenage driver charged, but forgiveness has followed
When the water bottle fell to the floor of the car, Caitlin Hommerson went to pick it up and took her eyes off the street for two, maybe three, seconds. And then a life was lost. #It happened that quickly. #Now 18-year-old Caitlin of Monroe wants to be heard loud and clear: Districted driving can and does kill. #“I’m trying to convey a message,” she said. “ You can’t be distracted while driving.” Read more at: http://www.monroenews.com/news/2013/oct/25/deadly-distraction/
Bicycle bills: Michigan House OKs new turn signal, may consider added penalties for injury or death
LANSING, MI — Michigan lawmakers are looking to boost bicycle safety by updating an outdated road rule and enhancing penalties for irresponsible motorists who injure or kill someone on a bike.
The state House on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation that would provide road cyclists with an alternative legal method to signal an impending right turn. http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/10/bicycle_bills_michigan_house_o.html
Police Sharpshooter Testifies In Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A Grand Traverse County deputy testified in federal court he had no choice but to shoot Craig Carlson after a stand off at the man’s Interlochen home in 2007. Wednesday’s testimony was the first time Charlie Jetter has spoken publically about the shot he fired, ending an 11-hour barricade.
Doctor facing negligence charges in California placed on leave of absence from McLaren Lapeer Regional
LAPEER, MI — A doctor facing gross negligence and other charges in California has been placed on a leave of absence from McLaren Lapeer Region as his legal issues continue to attract fresh media attention.
Lori Prochazka, a McLaren spokeswoman, said she had no additional information about the leave of absence for Dr. Aria Sabit, a neurosurgeon who was not on the staff of any other McLaren facility.
The safe way to be a good Samaritan Two men killed in I-196 crashes near Douglas
SAUGATUCK, Mich. (WOOD) – A veteran tow truck driver is warning good Samaritans to avoid standing along the side of the highway if they stop to help someone who has crashed. Two men from out of state were killed Thursday night after they were struck as they stood along I-196 in the Saugatuck-Douglas area. http://www.woodtv.com/news/local/allegan-county/the-safe-way-to-be-a-good-samaritan
Two Pedestrians Killed In Separate Accidents
Two pedestrians have been killed by cars in two separate accidents on Friday morning. The first happened at 2:21 a.m. in Charlotte, where a 22-year-old woman says she hit a 26-year-old man while driving on Lansing Road north of Packard Highway. http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/Two-Pedestrians-Killed-In-Separate-Accidents-229249781.html
Few issues reveal the political divide like auto insurance…
Insurance sure is a hot political topic these days with hearings in Washington on the glitches with the HealthCare.gov website, and the recent fight in the Legislature over the Medicaid expansion. So what better moment to re-kindle the controversy over Michigan’s auto insurance rates and the no-fault law? Which is exactly what Governor Rick Snyder did this week when he re-started talks among the groups with an interest in an overhaul of the law. That includes doctors and hospitals, insurance companies, and trial lawyers – all major political players in Lansing. http://michiganradio.org/post/few-issues-reveal-political-divide-auto-insurance
Officials: No-fault worth the cost
Auto-related medical claims cost Michigan insurers 57 percent more than similar claims in states that rely on courts to resolve them, making premiums 17 percent higher in Michigan, a new Citizens Research Council of Michigan report claims.
But both conservatives and liberals want to preserve Michigan’s no-fault system, which was created 40 years ago this year to keep accident disputes out of courts, in some form. http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20131024/NEWS01/310240005/Officials-No-fault-worth-cost
Multiple crashes in Washtenaw County snarling traffic
Three separate accidents on northbound US-23 near Washtenaw Avenue are causing traffic delays Friday evening, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Central Dispatch. All three crashes are off to the shoulder. All lanes are open, but traffic is congested. Each crash involved two vehicles, according to dispatch. No major injuries were reported. http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2013/10/multiple_crashes_in_washtenaw.html
Danger zones: Parking lots a prime location for majority of car crashes
Cutting across campus by car, Kristine Price is well aware of the danger she faces behind the wheel.
Last month, she was in a traffic accident off campus while heading north at the intersection of Preston and Mission streets. Bobbling a cellphone, Price and her friend were quickly taken unaware by an oncoming vehicle. Her 2002 Ford Focus was totaled in the accident, leaving a pricey reminder of the importance of awareness while driving. http://www.cm-life.com/2013/10/25/parking-lots-account-for-60-percent-of-vehicle-accidents-at-central-michigan-university/