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Accused drunk driver not cause of September pedestrian accident

A 28-year-old Kalamazoo man was relieved this month when prosecutors determined that he was not responsible for the crash that seriously injured a 24-year-old man back in September.

According to police reports, the accident happened around 7:40 pm, when the 24-year-old was exiting Waldo Stadium after a Western Michigan University football game. An SUV, driven by the 28-year-old, struck the 24-year-old after he ran into the street, seriously injuring him in the process.

At the time of the accident, the 28-year-old had been arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injury, but after this month's ruling from prosecutors, it will be reduced to one count of first-offense operation of a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

The Kalamazoo County Prosecutor explained that the decision to charge the 28-year-old with a felony OWI charge for causing serious injury hinged on whether reconstruction and witness testimony could support the accusation that he had caused the accident. But after gathering all the evidence, the prosecutor explained that it did not support appear to support the idea that he had been responsible for causing the accident.

Although it's tragic that there was an individual that was injured because of drunk driving, it's important to point out that investigators must gather all evidence when it comes to cases such as this so as not to pass judgment too harshly or too quickly either. Remember: everyone is innocent, until proven guilty.

Source: mlive.com, "Drunken-driving charge filed in crash that seriously injured pedestrian Adam Rault outside Waldo Stadium," Rex Hall Jr., Dec. 6, 2012

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