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Five From Md. Family Dead in Ohio Crash
The washington post ^ | Dec 31, 2007 | David P. Marino-Nachison

Posted on 12/31/2007 7:46:53 AM PST by RDTF

Five members of a Maryland family died late yesterday when their minivan was hit head-on by a pickup truck going the wrong way on a Toledo, Ohio-area interstate, according to the Toledo Blade.

Bethany Griffin, 36, and Jordan Griffin, 10, of Parkville, Md., to the northeast of Baltimore, were pronounced dead at the scene, along with Lacie Burkman, 7, and Haley Burkman, 10, police sources told the Blade. Lacie and Haley Burkman are from Redford, Mich., according to the Associated Press.

Six-month-old Vadi Griffin was pronounced dead after being taken to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.

Danny Griffin, 36, of Parkville, driver of the minivan, was in serious condition at St. Vincent this morning, the Blade reported. Sidney Griffin, 8, of Parkville, was in critical condition, hospital sources told the Blade; Beu Burkman, 8, address unknown, was in serious condition.

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Police told the Blade that Michael Gagnon, 24, of Adrian, Mich., the driver of the pickup, was injured and taken to St. Vincent, but the hospital did not provide the newspaper with information on a person bearing that name.

The Blade says Gagnon had been drinking at a bar; employees at a Taco Bell he visited after leaving the bar reportedly notified police of an intoxicated driver. The crash, the Blade reports, took place around 10:55 p.m.

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prayers for this family
1 posted on 12/31/2007 7:46:54 AM PST by RDTF
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To: RDTF

from article:

Toys and gift wrap were seen strewn about the highway, Santiago said, indicating that the family may have been heading home from holiday visits.


2 posted on 12/31/2007 7:47:48 AM PST by RDTF
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To: RDTF

How awful.

Prayers for this family are indeed needed.


3 posted on 12/31/2007 7:49:33 AM PST by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: RDTF

Heartbreaking. Praying for those they left behind.
susie


4 posted on 12/31/2007 7:49:34 AM PST by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: RDTF

Prayers up indeed. I drive on 280 in Toledo all the time. Very scary.


5 posted on 12/31/2007 7:55:20 AM PST by jdm
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To: jdm

this guy was so drunk that the taco bell employees called it into the police


6 posted on 12/31/2007 7:56:48 AM PST by RDTF
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To: RDTF

Prayers....


7 posted on 12/31/2007 7:59:03 AM PST by onedoug
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To: RDTF

He tested THREE TIMES the legal limit of alcohol!


8 posted on 12/31/2007 7:59:38 AM PST by somfphite (We gotta do it, cause no one else will!)
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To: jdm

I’m including my prayers here. Most of the time when I visit Michigan I use I-280 to bypass Toledo. I can’t imagine the anguish the family and relatives are feeling.


9 posted on 12/31/2007 8:06:53 AM PST by Crolis (I'm with Fred!)
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To: RDTF

I can even picture in my head which Taco Bell he likely left from, based on the direction he was going. This has to be one of the worst two-car accidents in Toledo history.


10 posted on 12/31/2007 8:07:03 AM PST by jdm
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To: Crolis
According to the reports I've seen it looks like the Taco Bell employee called in a report of a drunk driver five minutes after the accident occured. Maybe the employee stalled and was trying to decide if it was worth calling. Regardless, it didn't take long for this guy to cause a crash.
11 posted on 12/31/2007 8:13:14 AM PST by jdm
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To: RDTF

God have mercy! May they RIP.


12 posted on 12/31/2007 8:19:23 AM PST by Marathoner 244
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To: jdm

Can’t blame the resturaunt, but some bottom feeding lawyer will try to go for the deep pockets.


13 posted on 12/31/2007 8:22:03 AM PST by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: RDTF

When I first got a cell phone years back, I could call in drunk drivers and get a response quickly, even saw a few pulled over right away by a local officer. In the past two years the responses are non existent, every officer, not matter what time a day is “tied” up.I have followed cars through cities only to see a police car sit idly by the side of the road, or pull up at an adjoining intersection, and then go the other way,...slowly.


14 posted on 12/31/2007 8:22:58 AM PST by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: jdm

is it close enough for the taco bell employees to hear the crash? maybe they heard the sirens and had the gut feeling it was him


15 posted on 12/31/2007 8:31:33 AM PST by RDTF
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To: RDTF

Probably not that close.


16 posted on 12/31/2007 8:33:48 AM PST by jdm
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To: Mark was here

You’re right - can’t blame the restaurant but somewhere in Oregon, Ohio there is a bar owner shaking in his boots right now. I’m surprised this guy made it back across the (Maumee) river in his condition.


17 posted on 12/31/2007 8:36:51 AM PST by jdm
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To: RDTF

Prayers up for this family, and the ones left behind grieving.

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Does anyone know if the drunk driver/murderer can be charged with murder in Ohio? In CA they can be...some street racers that just killed some innocent people here locally have been charged with murder. Can’t punish these morons harshly enough.


18 posted on 12/31/2007 8:39:10 AM PST by rottndog (And yet another year races inexorably to it's end, only to fall into eternity like so many Lemmings.)
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To: RDTF

Prayers and sympathy for their family.

Was that truck American or one of those foregn trucks we’re forced to let in here?


19 posted on 12/31/2007 8:56:09 AM PST by TBP
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To: RDTF

How terrible. Prayers up for those who remain. So sad.


20 posted on 12/31/2007 9:00:12 AM PST by Allegra (That midget hates it when I do that.)
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To: RDTF

senseless selfishness kills again

why is it the drunks always walk away with “minor injuries”?


21 posted on 12/31/2007 9:01:58 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: RDTF
A police report says the driver of the pickup truck smelled of alcohol, according to the Associated Press; Police are awaiting tests to determine if Gagnon was legally drunk.

Like the test results one way or the other are going to make this poor family any less dead. The only test this driver needs is a pulse test a few minutes after the potassium chloride starts.

22 posted on 12/31/2007 9:16:00 AM PST by CGTRWK
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To: silverleaf
why is it the drunks always walk away with “minor injuries”?

It does always seem that way. This time, it was probably because the victims brought a 4000lb minivan to a 5500lb truck crash.

23 posted on 12/31/2007 9:18:01 AM PST by CGTRWK
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To: All

another article:

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/14949997/detail.html

Mother, 4 children killed in accident


24 posted on 12/31/2007 9:37:01 AM PST by RDTF
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To: CGTRWK

We just had a crash like this in NJ - three members of a family killed, but the wrong way driver (also pickup truck, bottle of alcohol) was killed too. He was 74 which might make the difference.


25 posted on 12/31/2007 9:39:17 AM PST by heartwood
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To: CGTRWK
drunk and eating a chalupa. bad mix
26 posted on 12/31/2007 9:40:56 AM PST by beebuster2000 (choice is not not peace or war, but small war now, or big war later masquerading as peace now.)
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To: RDTF

An Adrian man has been charged with five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide after the pickup truck he was driving collided with a minivan on Interstate 280 in Toledo killing a mother and four children inside.


27 posted on 12/31/2007 9:47:37 AM PST by kcvl
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To: TBP
Was that truck American or one of those foregn trucks we’re forced to let in here?

What the hell difference does that make?

28 posted on 12/31/2007 9:48:36 AM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: CGTRWK

Here in Jacksonville FL it is like a gladiator pit on the highways. My next car, gas milage be damnned I’m getting the one with the best crash rating. Any (serious) suggestions (i.e. not a Peterbilt)?


29 posted on 12/31/2007 9:54:57 AM PST by eartotheground (Rodham delinda est.)
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To: RDTF
More info at this link, with some pics from the crash scene...

5 from family die in crash on I-280; wrong-way driver had 0.254 blood-alcohol

Gagnon ought to be up on murder charges.

Prayers for the family.

30 posted on 12/31/2007 9:58:35 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: RDTF

Three times the legal limit.

31 posted on 12/31/2007 10:00:55 AM PST by kcvl
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To: mewzilla

More info at this link, with some pics from the crash scene...
5 from family die in crash on I-280; wrong-way driver had 0.254 blood-alcohol

Gagnon ought to be up on murder charges.

Prayers for the family
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I Agree.
I read some report from the Detroit News where this loser was walking around after the accident complaining his precious jaw hurt.
I have no words.
And a quote from Michael GAGnon’s brother stating something like, “We thought this was going to be a great New Years Eve, and now we have to deal with the fact our brother could be spending the rest of his life in jail.”
NOTHING about the family that was killed.
Trash...utter trash.


32 posted on 12/31/2007 10:10:48 AM PST by snarkytart
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From The Toledo Blade:

Mr. Gagnon was driving a Ford F350 pickup truck...

Feel better?

33 posted on 12/31/2007 10:12:44 AM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: eartotheground

Mass is your friend. Given similar crash test ratings - and the IIHS 40mph into a wall test has been going on long enough that pretty much every new vehicle has been engineered to pass it with a ‘good’ - every extra pound you bring with you is that much less acceleration when something hits you. (And also that much less acceleration when you put a gram of fuel into the engine.)

Ford makes the portliest pickups and large SUVs on the road, which would be a good place to start looking. Also in your favor there is that it’s significantly more difficult to be hit by a drunk driver when you’re standing in the dealership with your vehicle down for the count in the service bay.


34 posted on 12/31/2007 10:14:30 AM PST by CGTRWK
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To: RDTF; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Gagnon, you goin’ down, holmes!

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


35 posted on 12/31/2007 10:15:11 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Tagline auction at this location, 01/01/2008)
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To: buccaneer81

I stand corrected. They brought a 4000lb minivan to a 8500lb truck crash.


36 posted on 12/31/2007 10:15:46 AM PST by CGTRWK
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To: snarkytart

One of our local judges once complained that it’s harder than Hades to get juries around here to convict in DWI cases because a lot of jurors have driven impaired and think there but for the grace of God go they. Pity they don’t seem to give as much thought to the victims and their families. Not to mention the fact that the jurors and their families could someday be victims, too. I bet voir dire keeps victims of drunk drivers off juries. It ought to keep the drunk drivers off, too.


37 posted on 12/31/2007 10:17:37 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: RDTF

Maybe this senseless killing will stop when we have the death penalty for drunk driving murders. This guy will get a suspended license and possibly serve two years probation.


38 posted on 12/31/2007 10:17:40 AM PST by Cinnamon Girl (OMGIIHIHOIIC ping list)
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To: buccaneer81

No, I don’t. And it’s extremely crude and nasty of you to suggest otherwise.

However, had it been one of those trucks we’re forced to admit via agreements such as NAFTA, it would simply have added another deimension to a horrible story. So now we know it was domestic.


39 posted on 12/31/2007 10:22:08 AM PST by TBP
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To: CGTRWK
FWIW, on the subject of mass and crash compatibility....

Vehicle Weight, Fatality Risk and Crash Compatibility of Model Year 1991-1999 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks

40 posted on 12/31/2007 10:22:21 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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Was that truck American or one of those foregn trucks we’re forced to let in here?,p>It was a pickup truck not an 18 wheeler
41 posted on 12/31/2007 10:23:45 AM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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No, I don’t. And it’s extremely crude and nasty of you to suggest otherwise. However, had it been one of those trucks we’re forced to admit via agreements such as NAFTA,

You mean like those "domestic" Dodge Rams built in Mexico?

Your post was a slam against so-called "foreign" manufacturers. A legitimate topic for some threads, but not this one. It was tasteless and insensitive.

42 posted on 12/31/2007 10:31:54 AM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: RDTF

Prayers.

This makes me so angry. The man who killed them should be charged with murder. I know there will be many others on the roads like this drunken man behind the wheel of what could become a deadly weapon in their hands.

I have friends and loved ones travelling today, and tonight. God bless and surround them, and all who have to be on the roads, within His providential care and guidance, and keep them safe.


43 posted on 12/31/2007 10:35:21 AM PST by LucyJo
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To: buccaneer81; TBP

TBP missed that it was a pickup truck and probably connected truck and Taco Bell with with the 18 Wheelers that come in from Mexico


44 posted on 12/31/2007 10:38:36 AM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: CGTRWK
I’m sure a lifetime in prison will give him plenty of time to contemplate what exactly he has done. Alcohol can make people do terrible things when they are intoxicated, not always are these actions a great thing to go by when judging a person. Good people, great people, sometimes do terrible things. That doesn't necessarily mean that he is a bad person deserving of death!
45 posted on 12/31/2007 12:56:51 PM PST by BugLuv
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To: Mark was here
"Can’t blame the restaurant, but some bottom feeding lawyer will try to go for the deep pockets."

A man's got to eat!


46 posted on 12/31/2007 1:10:27 PM PST by JZelle
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To: BugLuv

In my book life in prison is more cruel than a humane execution, for inmate and keeper alike. Dignity is worth something. Even for a murderer of innocents like Gagnon.

Maybe I’m too soft.


47 posted on 12/31/2007 1:11:49 PM PST by CGTRWK
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To: JZelle

That pix needs to be in the Dictionary next to the word “smarmy.”

What a pinhead.

Prayers up for the remaining family members.


48 posted on 12/31/2007 1:18:14 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Kaslin; TBP
TBP missed that it was a pickup truck and probably connected truck and Taco Bell with with the 18 Wheelers that come in from Mexico

If so, my apologies to TBP.

49 posted on 12/31/2007 1:21:14 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: heartwood; silverleaf; CGTRWK
Similar one in Brunswick, GA, either Christmas night or the day after. Drunk in a pickup crossed the centerline and went head-on with a girl a day short of her 20th birthday.

Both killed.

50 posted on 12/31/2007 1:27:37 PM PST by Amelia
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