I’m sad to say that this took place in my hometown of Toledo, Ohio. Eight people were in a minivan driving home to Maryland after Christmas, and a bastard got drunk, got behind the wheel of a pickup truck, and drove. He hit the minivan head on and killed five of the passengers, the youngest being a six month old baby girl. This bastard was so drunk that he entered I-280 heading in the wrong direction. Did I say he’s a bastard?
The driver of a pickup truck that went the wrong way on an interstate and collided with a minivan, killing five people, failed a sobriety test and was charged Monday with aggravated vehicular homicide, authorities said.
The accident occurred late Sunday night when the minivan, traveling in the southbound lanes on Interstate 280 near the I-75 interchange, collided with the truck, going north in the southbound lanes, assistant fire chief Luis Santiago said.
The driver of the pickup truck, Michael Gagnon, of 24, of Adrian, Mich., was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide. Tests showed his blood-alcohol level was .254, more than three times Ohio’s legal limit of .08. Gagnon smelled of alcohol at the crash scene, according to a police report.
Bits of gift wrap and toys were strewn about the highway, suggesting the minivan was carrying a family heading home from the holidays, Santiago said.
“It was among the worst I’ve seen,” he said of the crash scene.
Gagnon was going so fast that even though the minivan’s driver tried to swerve to get out of the way the van’s entire passenger side was sheered off. Another motorist had to be flagged down so as to not hit the victims who were lying in highway.
This was how the police found the drunk:
Police officers said Mr. Gagnon’s speech was slurred, his eyes were glassy, and that he was agitated at the scene of the accident, according to a search warrant filed in Toledo Municipal Court. Police said he smelled of alcohol.
The warrant also indicated that Mr. Gagnon admitted to consuming intoxicants and that one or more liquor containers were found in the vehicle.
Unfortunately, the three survivors from the minivan are not out of the woods; they have life threatening injuries themselves. The drunk driver, however, had the nerve to complain of jaw pain. Well, there’s a remedy for that in Ohio. It’s called lethal injection.
Update: Here’s more on the drunk bastard from the Toledo Blade:
So many people tried to stop him.
The young man at Taco Bell knew he was drunk, and called 911, but couldn’t make him stay.
The panicked drivers along southbound I-280 swerved out of the way and used their cell phones to dial 911, amazed that a hulking pickup truck could be going the wrong way on the highway.
But they couldn’t stop him.
Within eight minutes, he had killed five members of a family from Maryland, including four children — one of whom was just 8 weeks old.
“The guy might as well have had a loaded gun and shot those people,” said Keith Allain, of Oakland Township, Michigan, one of the 911 callers.
Yesterday, the 24-year-old Adrian man — who records show had a blood alcohol level of 0.254 percent, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent — was charged with five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.
A previous report said the baby was six months old. She wasn’t; she was just 8 weeks old, only three weeks older than my little one.
Chief Spann said Mr. Gagnon was aware the accident caused the deaths, and was uncooperative and belligerent when he spoke with investigators.
He has no previous drunk-driving convictions in Ohio or Michigan.
Samuel Gagnon, 21, Mr. Gagnon’s brother, told The Blade last night from his home that “my prayers go out to the family,” and declined further comment. The Gagnon brothers work construction together in the Adrian area.
Earlier yesterday Samuel Gagnon told the Baltimore Sun that his brother, wasn’t supposed to be driving, but left the Oregon bar they were partying at without warning. He was driving Samuel Gagnon’s truck.
“I don’t know why he decided to leave,” he told the Sun. “Everyone’s in shock. We’re supposed to be celebrating the New Year, but now I got to look forward to my brother in jail the rest of his life.”
At least your brother is alive, Mr. Gagnon, unlike the four innocent children he essentially murdered Sunday night. They were just children, for God’s sake.