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Michigan State trooper to be tried in teenager's death

No parent expects to bury his or her child and it is certain that no parent should have to bury a child because of a reckless driver. While tragic accidents do claim pedestrian's lives, we do not expect Michigan State Police troopers to be the cause of the accidents. Michigan troopers are expected to enforce and follow traffic laws, and it is shocking when one is indicted in the death of a teenage boy.

We have previously written about the death of a 16-year-old teen from Ionia after an off-duty state trooper slammed into him. Although this horrible accident happened on Aug. 30, the officer has finally been charged in the boy's death. The Ionia County Prosecutor recently filed two misdemeanor counts of moving violations and one felony count of manslaughter against the trooper.

According to WZZM 13 ABC, the 16-year-old and his 14-year-old friend were pushing a moped on the side of the road when they were hit. News reports did not provide much detail about the accident, but it seems the boys were on the right side of the northbound lane and the trooper was traveling north on State Road at the time of the accident. It is unclear why the officer left the road and struck the teens, but investigators do not believe he had been drinking, which may indicate he was driving carelessly.

The 14-year-old was also injured in the accident and rushed to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The families of these two boys may receive some satisfaction by the criminal trial, but a conviction will do nothing to contribute toward the loss of companionship, medical costs or the funeral expenses for the young man. After such a horrendous accident, neither family should have to also suffer a financial burden; they should be able to hold the trooper responsible for his actions.

For more information, please read the previous post on the fatal accident.

Source: WZZM 13 ABC, "State trooper charged in fatal crash with teens," Bob Brenzing, Nov. 29, 2011

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