Canadian Woman Killed by Suspected Drunk Driver in Michigan
A 33-year-old woman from Ontario was killed in a traffic accident involving a suspected drunk driver on Sunday, September 9. Benton Township police officers and Berrien County sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of an accident on eastbound I-94 near mile marker 33 at around 3:16 a.m. on Sunday.
First responders discovered 33-year-old Erum Nazir unconscious at the scene and performed CPR. She was brought to Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph, where she was pronounced dead.
Nazir was riding as a rear passenger in a minivan that was struck by 32-year-old Amber Garton. Witnesses said that Garton was speeding when she crashed her Ford Mustang into the minivan.
Garton was also brought to Lakeland Hospital for injury treatment. After her release, her blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.21 percent. She was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated causing death.
Liability For Drunk Driving Accidents in Michigan
Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps find justice for the victims of drunk drivers and the families of fatal DUI accident victims. We’ve asked him to discuss liability for drunk driving accidents in Michigan:
Like in all other states, Michigan residents who are hit by drunk drivers have the option to file a personal injury claim against that driver. In addition, Michigan and many other states have dram shop laws which allow alcohol vendors (such as bars, restaurants, and liquor stores) to be held liable for damages for providing alcohol to the drunk driver in certain situations.
In Michigan, alcohol vendors can be sued for providing alcohol to someone who was under age 21 or visibly intoxicated if that individual injures someone else in an alcohol-related accident, such as a drunk driving crash.
Proving liability is a complicated process that will require assistance from an experienced DUI accident victims lawyer.
I-94 in Benton Township, Michigan