Traverse City has experienced a number of road accidents over the past two weeks. According to Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s department, a man was arrested after a one-vehicle crash in which tests indicated that the man was driving with a BAC level of .218, which according to Traverse City MI accident attorneys is nearly three times the legal limit.

The police spotted the 32 year old man and a woman walking away from the scene of the accident in which their Honda station wagon went off the rails and rolled over at the intersection of Woodmere Avenue in Traverse City. Investigations revealed that the couple had just left Side Traxx bar when the accident took place. Contradictory to witness accounts, the man denied having driven the car. He was charged with driving with a BAC of over .17%, failure to report an accident, and driving on a revoked license.
75 year old man killed in deadly Leelanau County snowmobile crash
A 72 year old man was killed in Leelanau County in a deadly snowmobile crash while crossing the M-72 behind two other snowmobiles on Gilbert Road. Timothy J. Krause was the last to cross and was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross the highway. The victim was rushed to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City but was pronounced dead on arrival.
According to police, Krause collided with a Chevrolet Caprice and was flung from his snowmobile. He sustained serious injuries in the collision. The intersection was closed for several hours as investigations into the accident continued. The driver of the Caprice and passenger were not injured in the accident.
Second fatal accident since August 2014 in Leelanau County
According to Traverse City MI, this is the first fatal accident in Leelanau County since August 2014. Tyler LeVeque, 17, of Lake Leelanau, ran through a stop sign and collided with a pickup truck, which resulted in the death of two people. The teen driver was sentenced to only one year for the deadly accident that killed Drake Hendershot and Brian Nachazel.
The latter was the driver of the truck while Hendershot was a passenger in the teenager’s car. LeVeque had pleaded guilty to three counts of reckless driving. LeVeque was sentenced to one year in prison for each of the three counts which will be served concurrently. In addition, he will serve five years on probation while the judge also ordered him to complete 200 hours of community service.
Decision for family court trial impacts sentencing
According to the prosecutor in the case, two of the charges against LeVeque attracted a maximum of 15 years. However, his decision to try the teenager as an adult but have the case conducted in family court had an impact on the sentence, which would have been harsher in circuit court.
According to accident attorneys, he could have faced a minimum of 43 to 86 months in prison. LeVeque’s case was eligible to be tried in the family court since he was only 16 at the time of the accident. The prosecution said that whether the sentencing guidelines applied to family court was unclear in Michigan where it was left up to the courts to decide on an appropriate sentence. Many people believe if you commit an adult crime you should face an adult sentence.

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