Driver Arrested After SUV Fatally Strikes Bicyclist
Police in Berrien Township arrested the driver of an SUV that struck and killed 32-year-old Todd Harrington as he was riding his bicycle on Saturday afternoon.
According to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, Harrington was riding on Pokagon Road near Jones road in Berrien Township when he was struck by a small Ford SUV at around 4:15 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver fled the scene. However, an adult male witness and his young son witnessed the accident and wrote down the vehicle’s description and license plate number. Police used this information to find the address of the registered owner in Niles. They found the 23-year-old owner at her home and arrested her on charges of operating while intoxicated causing death and leaving the scene of an accident. Her blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit.
Liability For Drunk Driving Accidents in Michigan
Attorney contributor Brian Kent from CrimeVictim.Attorney has offered to add some thoughts on the legal options available to drunk driving victims and their families in Michigan:
In the United States, individuals who are injured by drunk drivers and the families of those killed by drunk drivers often have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the drunk driver. Additionally, Michigan is one of several states with “dram shop” laws which allow alcohol vendors to be held liable for DUI accidents under certain conditions.
According to Michigan’s dram shop law, alcohol vendors (bars, clubs, liquor stores, etc.) can be held liable for alcohol-related injuries and deaths if they provided alcohol to someone who was under 21 or already visibly intoxicated and that person causes an alcohol-related accident.
If you or someone you love was recently hit by a drunk driver and you’re curious about your legal options, we advise discussing your case with an experienced DUI victims lawyer.