A Michigan judge set a drunk driver’s bond at $100,000 after he rear-ended a pizza delivery drivers’ vehicle, causing it to overturn and catch fire. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene due to smoke inhalation and thermal burns, according to My Fox Detroit.
Janet Marie Reed, 44, of Milford Township, was a delivery driver for Pizza Hut. She was en route Monday night to deliver pizzas on Commerce Township at 7:32 p.m. Before Reed could make a left to reach her destination, a 2014 Chevrolet Traverse — driven by Goran Djordjevski, 41 — rear-ended her vehicle, causing the 1997 GMC Jimmy to “overturn and catch fire,” according to WXYZ.
Undersheriff Mike McCabe spoke with reporters about the pizza delivery driver’s fatal accident.
“Unfortunately, the victim died a horrible death of smoke inhalation and thermal burns, so she basically burned to death. It couldn’t be a more horrific death for her, and it’s obviously devastating for her family to know what she went through before she died.”
A medical autopsy revealed that the pizza delivery driver died from smoke inhalation and thermal burns.
Witnesses say Djordjevski, a married father of two, attempted to flee the scene of the fatal accident, but he was captured by a witness, Zachary Rohde, who brought him back to the scene.
Police official say Djordjevski was intoxicated when he rear-ended the pizza delivery drivers’ vehicle.
“I asked him if he was the driver of the vehicle in question in the traffic crash, he told me yes,” stated the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office M. David. “I asked him if he had consumed alcohol, he told me yes. I administered a (breathalyzer) to him with a result of 0.249.”
Oakland County police say that Djordjevski’s alcohol level was three times the normal limit. Before the pizza delivery driver’s accident, a 911 phone call was made about Djordjevski erratic driving. They stated that he was swerving all over the road and nearly hit several other vehicles, but the 911 caller couldn’t provide a location for his vehicle in time. He had already rear-ended the pizza delivery driver’s vehicle by then.
Djordjevski is being charged with two felonies: operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. Both felonies carry a 15-year sentence in prison.
During Djordjevski’s arraignment on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the 52nd District-1st Division Court, the judge declined his prosecutor’s motion and granted the prosecutors’ request to set a high bond.
The judge set the bond at $100,000.
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