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5 Dead in Head-on Collision on I-280 (Drunk Driver)
MyFoxToledo.com ^ | December 31, 2007

Posted on 12/31/2007 3:07:00 AM PST by ShadowDancer

5 Dead in Head-on Collision on I-280

Police believe victims were a family from Maryland

Last Edited: Monday, 31 Dec 2007, 5:26 AM EST
Created: Monday, 31 Dec 2007, 12:33 AM EST

An alleged drunk driver in a black pick-up truck heading northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate-280 near the I-75 interchange collided with a white minivan with eight passengers, killing five.

The five passengers killed were all females -- a mother, two 10-year-old girls, a 7-year-old girl, and a 6-month-old girl. The father, and 8-year-old girl, and an 8-year-old boy survived.

Four of the family members died at the scene of the crash, Toledo Police say. The infant died after being transported to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.

All of the surviving victims, including the alleged drunk driver, were also taken to St. Vincent for treatment.

Police believe the family is from Maryland because the white minivan had Maryland license plates.

The accident happened right before 11 p.m. Sunday, an hour before New Year's Eve.

The force of the impact was so severe that the pick-up truck sheared off the passenger side of the minivan, killing those on the right side of the vehicle.

"The preliminary report we have is that a pick-up truck going the wrong way on I-280 here and hit a minivan head-on," said Sgt. Jeff Pachall, Toledo Police spokesperson. "The sole occupant of the pick-up truck is injured but alive.

"There are several fatalities out of the minivan and it appears to be a family traveling from Maryland."

Police say the family appears to be non-traditional.

The accident happened between the I-75 split and the Manhattan Boulevard exit.

A witness tells FOX Toledo News that he, along with an off-duty emergency medical technician and an off-duty police officer, freed some of the victims from their seatbelts and performed CPR before emergency crews arrived.

Other people told police the appeared to be drunk. Police say the driver, who suffered minor injuries, is from Adrian, Mich.

"The witnesses say he was [drinking], but I didn't talk to him," Sgt. Pachall said. "He looks like he was but I don't have any information. He was struggling with the firemen [trying to treat him]. He was screaming as they were trying to get him out of the pick-up."

Because of his belligerent demeanor, an officer rode with the suspect in the ambulance. Another officer followed behind in a patrol car.

The Lenawee County man admitted to police that he was drunk at the time of the crash.

A search warrant was issued for the driver's blood and sent it away for testing. Results were not immediately known. He is being held at St. Vincent for observation.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alcohol; drunkdriver; maryland; michigan; ohio
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1 posted on 12/31/2007 3:07:01 AM PST by ShadowDancer
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To: ShadowDancer
Police say the family appears to be non-traditional.

What the hell does that mean?

Terrible writing.

2 posted on 12/31/2007 3:09:23 AM PST by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: Glenn

Beats the hell out of me. I didn’t even catch that the first time around.


3 posted on 12/31/2007 3:11:03 AM PST by ShadowDancer ("To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.")
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To: All

Bookmark


4 posted on 12/31/2007 3:12:42 AM PST by GOP_Proud (I'm really tired of the Paulie WalNUTS.)
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To: Glenn

I was wondering the same thing.


5 posted on 12/31/2007 3:15:30 AM PST by PalmettoMason (Ted Kennedy is "one of the most principled men I've ever met." Lindsay Graham)
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To: Glenn

maybe kids adopted from other races


6 posted on 12/31/2007 3:21:20 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: ShadowDancer
Police believe the family is from Maryland because the white minivan had Maryland license plates.

Where's Captain Obvious when we need him?

7 posted on 12/31/2007 3:24:10 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Scrape the bottom, vote for Rodham!)
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To: Glenn

It means that the husband was a male and the wife was a female.


8 posted on 12/31/2007 3:25:09 AM PST by shaft29
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To: ShadowDancer

Local Detroit broadcst TV made no mention of ‘non-traditional’ reference on the 6 AM news.


9 posted on 12/31/2007 3:26:20 AM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: ShadowDancer

Why does the drunk driver always seem to survive?


10 posted on 12/31/2007 3:27:36 AM PST by MDspinboyredux
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To: Westlander

I haven’t had the TV on yet but Channel 4 (Fox) site doesn’t even have the story listed as of yet.


11 posted on 12/31/2007 3:29:36 AM PST by ShadowDancer ("To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.")
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To: ShadowDancer

why does it have to be a “white” minivan?....it adds nothing to the story.


12 posted on 12/31/2007 3:30:44 AM PST by cherry
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To: ShadowDancer
Other people told police the appeared to be drunk. Police say the driver, who suffered minor injuries, is from Adrian, Mich.

Amazing!

I hope he gets some serious jail time.

13 posted on 12/31/2007 3:31:35 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (The power under the Constitution will always be in the people- George Washington)
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To: MDspinboyredux

If it were me...I’d feel lucky NOT to survive.
I simply cannot imagine living with such guilt.....


14 posted on 12/31/2007 3:31:42 AM PST by Bobalu (I guess I done see'd that varmint for the last time....)
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To: Glenn

If one of us southerners said something like that we would be labled and visited by rhe rev’s.


15 posted on 12/31/2007 3:33:20 AM PST by devane617 (Stop Illegal Immigration. Call your Senator today. Senate Switchboard at 202-224-3121.)
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To: ShadowDancer
Just updated:

"Five members of a suburban Baltimore family, returning home from the holidays after visiting relatives in Michigan, were killed late Sunday evening when an alleged drunk driver from Adrian, Mich., slammed into their minivan.

Michael Gagnon, 24, was driving northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate-280 near the I-75 interchange when his Ford F250 pick-up collided nearly head-on with the Chevy Astro minivan.

The five passengers killed were all females -- Bethany Griffin, 36, the mother, Jordan Griffin, 10, Haley Burkman, 10, Lacie Burkman, 7, and Vadi Griffin, 6 months.

The father, Danny Griffin, 36, and two other children, Sidney Griffin, 8, and Beu Burkman, 8, survived.

Vadi was secured in a child seat but several of the family members were ejected from the torn minivan.

All of the surviving victims, including the alleged drunk driver, were also taken to St. Vincent for treatment.

Check out the video, still unedited at this hour. Clear shots of the apparent suspect with blood on his face, but walking around talking to cops.

16 posted on 12/31/2007 3:34:17 AM PST by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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To: ShadowDancer

WWJ 950 AM had it. Bit of a different story.—

Five Killed In Crash Just South of Michigan Border

WWJ Reporting

A terrible tragedy to report on this New Years Eve.

Five members of a Maryland family, including a mother and four children, were killed last night when their minivan collided head-on with a pickup that was reportedly traveling the wrong way on I-280 in North Toledo — just south of the Michigan border. According to reports, the minivan, carrying eight people in all, and a Ford pickup truck, with a Michigan registration, collided just south of I-75 at about 11 p.m. Police confirmed the five deaths, including that of a 6-month-old. Police believe the family was headed home after a Christmas celebration, and say toys and stuffed animals were scattered across the freeway. The names and ages of the other victims have not been released. The pickup driver was transported to the hospital.

http://www.wwj.com/Five-Killed-In-Crash-Just-South-of-Michigan-Border/1408674


17 posted on 12/31/2007 3:35:26 AM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: atomic conspiracy
but several of the family members were ejected from the torn minivan.

No seatbelts is appears.

18 posted on 12/31/2007 3:35:35 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Glenn
Police say the family appears to be “non-traditional”.

I don’t get that either.

There were two adults, a male and female, presumably the mother and father, two 10-year-old girls, two 8-year-olds, a boy and girl, a 7-year-old girl and a 6- month-old girl.

So what makes that “non-traditional’?

Where the kids all different races, foster kids or adopted, handicapped, two pairs of twins, did the family dress in “non-traditional” clothing? Illegals? Mormons?

That is really bad writing as it really has no bearing on this very tragic story.

The real story is that 5 people are dead and one is in serious condition because of a drunk driver. I’m more interested in knowing more about the drunk driver, does he have priors, did he have a license, is he an illegal?

Since the family is from Baltimore it’s been all over the local TV news here, if I learn more, I’ll post back with an update.
19 posted on 12/31/2007 3:36:14 AM PST by Caramelgal (Rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words or superficial interpretations)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Link? Sounds like a third version, each with variances.


20 posted on 12/31/2007 3:37:49 AM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: ShadowDancer

21 posted on 12/31/2007 3:39:33 AM PST by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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To: Glenn

Judging by the names and ages, best guess is a simple “yours, mine and ours” situation. The Burkman children would be Bethany’s from an earlier marriage, the two older Griffin children would be the same for the father, Danny, and the baby was theirs together.


22 posted on 12/31/2007 3:39:39 AM PST by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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To: AppyPappy

No requirement for seat/shoulder belt usage in a van or truck in Michigan. Just ‘cars’.


23 posted on 12/31/2007 3:41:21 AM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: ShadowDancer

24 posted on 12/31/2007 3:41:27 AM PST by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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To: Westlander
Same link as original post. The new information is mostly at the beginning.
25 posted on 12/31/2007 3:43:07 AM PST by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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To: AppyPappy
along with an off-duty emergency medical technician and an off-duty police officer, freed some of the victims from their seatbelts and performed CPR before emergency crews arrived.

Evidentally at least some of them were buckled.

26 posted on 12/31/2007 3:43:20 AM PST by ShadowDancer ("To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.")
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To: HighWheeler

Jesus, there is nothing left of it.


27 posted on 12/31/2007 3:43:51 AM PST by ShadowDancer ("To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.")
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To: AppyPappy
when we were kids, we would sleep on pillows and blankets in the back of the station wagon.....I am sure the kids were doing something similar....

what was safe and comforting to us back then now is considered almost "evil"..

28 posted on 12/31/2007 3:45:06 AM PST by cherry
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To: HighWheeler

Restraints may have saved a couple, but the van looks like it went thru a wood chipper.


29 posted on 12/31/2007 3:45:35 AM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: AppyPappy
No seatbelts is appears.

”A witness tells FOX Toledo News that he, along with an off-duty emergency medical technician and an off-duty police officer, freed some of the victims from their seatbelts and performed CPR before emergency crews arrived.”

Doesn’t sound that way to me.

"The force of the impact was so severe that the pick-up truck sheared off the passenger side of the minivan, killing those on the right side of the vehicle".

Sounds to me like the force of the impact was so great as to shear off half of the van. In a collision like this, seat belts don’t do much good. If metal is sheared through like butter, I would imagine that seat belts could be sheared off also.
30 posted on 12/31/2007 3:53:23 AM PST by Caramelgal (Rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words or superficial interpretations)
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To: shaft29

A non-traditional family is where a man and woman who are also married have more than one child, did not live together before marriage and are faithful to one another.


31 posted on 12/31/2007 3:56:22 AM PST by veritas2002
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To: shaft29

No, no, no ... the husband was female and the wife was male.


32 posted on 12/31/2007 4:00:58 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: ShadowDancer

Some idiot is getting started early. If you are out tonight, FRiends, be careful. And don’t drink. You will need all your skills to avoid the idiots that do.


33 posted on 12/31/2007 4:03:55 AM PST by gridlock (There are 49 other states in the Union. We don't need another President from Arkansas just yet.)
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To: gridlock
My dad has always referred to it as Amateur Night.
34 posted on 12/31/2007 4:05:50 AM PST by ShadowDancer ("To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.")
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To: HighWheeler

What a heart-breaking picture.


35 posted on 12/31/2007 4:07:37 AM PST by gridlock (There are 49 other states in the Union. We don't need another President from Arkansas just yet.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

That video was horrifying. The drunk driver seemed so calm as he walked past the crushed van and when he was dialing his cell phone. Jeez!


36 posted on 12/31/2007 4:09:53 AM PST by CaliGirl-R (Hey Democrats! Who are you gonna hate in 2008!)
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To: atomic conspiracy

How horrible.


37 posted on 12/31/2007 4:11:16 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: MDspinboyredux

They are very relaxed and floppy. Someone has always said “God protects drunks and fools”. I never could swallow that philosophy . The fools, less unfortunate, I can understand. Maybe the Drunks is so they can spend the rest of their days with the demons of the dead swirling around their neck. Comes under the heading “ hell on earth”. May all drunks that injure others suffer that fate.


38 posted on 12/31/2007 4:11:48 AM PST by primatreat ( Hold political and scientific idiots responsible by taking there money and glory away!)
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To: Glenn
I suspect one of the following:

1. They're illegal aliens.

2. There is some kind of polygamy involved.

I never would have though of #2 until a few months ago when about a dozen people died in a house fire in New York City. The victims included several adult women and a bunch of kids, and it turns out they were the wives and kids of one guy (a recent immigrant from Africa).

That's my guess.

39 posted on 12/31/2007 4:18:09 AM PST by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: Alberta's Child

Griffin and Burkman don’t exactly smack of overly ethnic last names.


40 posted on 12/31/2007 4:19:40 AM PST by ShadowDancer ("To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.")
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To: gridlock

5 voluntary manslaughter counts, 1 OUIL, 1 reckless driving charge, permanent license revocation, fines, court fees, lawyer fees, vehicle forfeiture, prison, and the civil lawsuits. Happy 2008 you murderous azzhole.

(we call it Operating Under the Influence of Liquor in MI)


41 posted on 12/31/2007 4:21:04 AM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: ShadowDancer; Alberta's Child

Nor does Gagnon (the drunk).

Doesn’t look like a immigration thread here. No hijacks.

We have home-grown idiots, as well.


42 posted on 12/31/2007 4:22:55 AM PST by gridlock (There are 49 other states in the Union. We don't need another President from Arkansas just yet.)
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To: Caramelgal

OMG! We drive this all the time going home to Cleveland.

In fact, we are leaving on the 2nd. It’s scary.

God Bless all of them.


43 posted on 12/31/2007 4:23:30 AM PST by netmilsmom (Financing James Marsden's kid's college fund, 1 ticket, 1 DVD at a time.)
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To: ShadowDancer

True. Their names weren’t mentioned in the original article . . . I didn’t see them until another post later in the thread.


44 posted on 12/31/2007 4:23:52 AM PST by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: Alberta's Child

I think they are probably just a blended family which is completely traditional nowadays. It was just weird wording on the author’s part.


45 posted on 12/31/2007 4:25:28 AM PST by ShadowDancer ("To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.")
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the pick-up truck sheared off the passenger side of the minivan

Coming soon to roadways near you, as soon as we get the new "environmentally correct" fuel standards recently mandated by our "representatives". I saw a car body on a restoration rotisserie this past weekend. It's nothing but a spindly box of air. It's a miracle that anyone survives a head on in an automobile, especially a small unibody car.

46 posted on 12/31/2007 4:28:00 AM PST by Hardastarboard (DemocraticUnderground.com is an internet hate site.)
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To: MDspinboyredux
Why does the drunk driver always seem to survive?

This guy is probably going to wish he didn't. Imagine the horror of waking up in a jail cell with a crushing hangover and then being informed that you just killed 5 people.

This guy is going to have a long time to sober up.

47 posted on 12/31/2007 4:32:33 AM PST by Drew68
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To: netmilsmom

Too common these days. Or maybe just faster access to news.
http://www.wxyz.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=0dcbda33-0018-4640-966e-7522b8de65ac


48 posted on 12/31/2007 4:34:27 AM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Glenn

Suspect it means the parents aren’t married.

(But apparently the coursework in journalism school consists of nothing these days.)


49 posted on 12/31/2007 4:42:20 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
Actually it might mean the Burkman girls were friends of the daughters of Mr & Mrs Griffin, as this current Toledo Blade article seems to imply.
50 posted on 12/31/2007 4:47:19 AM PST by Heatseeker
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