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Driver accused of intoxication, high speed, in fatal crash

A crash reconstruction expert testified that the driver of a pickup truck was traveling nearly 30 miles per hour above the speed limit just prior to colliding with the rear of another car. The fatal accident took the lives of two young men who were in the car that was struck by the allegedly speeding driver.

The accident reconstruction expert testified that the two young men were traveling at the posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour when the other driver struck them travelling at 72 miles per hour. Other witnesses said that they had seen the pickup travelling at about 100 miles per hour before the crash. Another expert testified that the driver of the pickup truck had more than three times the legal blood alcohol concentration of 0.08.

When the pickup truck crashed into the back of the Chevrolet sedan it sent it skidding more than 50 feet towards a ditch. It was then launched about ten feet into the air where it struck a tree, collapsing the passenger compartment. One of the young men in the car died at the scene. The other died as a result of his injuries shortly thereafter.

Another witness claimed that he saw the pickup truck driver pass him in the turn lane and then pass another car in a no passing zone while going up a hill. The judge in the case indicated that the testimony of the witnesses demonstrated the driver's "disregard of life." The judge also noted that the accident was not unforeseeable.

Source: Kalamazoo Gazette "Bret Frame's truck came 'out of nowhere' before Texas Township crash that killed 2, witness says," Lynn Turner, Sept. 8, 2011

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