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Couple in parked car killed in crash

It is sometimes the case in fatal car accidents in Michigan that it is not immediately clear which driver may have been at fault or caused the accident. During the recent icy conditions, when two cars collide it may be the result of numerous actions and conditions. Determining the exact cause of the accident may require extensive accident reconstruction, interviewing of witnesses, and examination of the wreckage.

In other instances, such as a fatal accident on New Year's Day, the situation seems less complicated. On Sunday, a Michigan couple that had been married for more than 20 years had just left church. They had stopped on their way home to do some shopping in the afternoon and were both sitting in their parked car in a mall parking lot. Then another car, out of control, ran over the curb and crashed into their car.

According to a report in a local news outlet, the driver of that other car was a 20-year-old who did not have a valid license and was speeding at time of the crash.

While a car parked in a mall parking lot may be expected to be at risk from an errant shopping cart, or a minor fender bender from someone having trouble navigating a parking spot, an accident like this could never have been expected by the victims or their family.

Concern has also been voiced about the response time for police and rescue personal. The emergency medical service personnel reportedly did not arrive for more than ten minutes, and the police took almost 25 minutes to arrive on the scene. The investigation into this accident remains ongoing as there is a possibility that another car was involved in forcing the 20-year-old to lose control of his car.

Source: MyFoxDetroit, "Harper Woods Couple Killed in New Year's Day Crash," Amy Lange, Jan. 2, 2011

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