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FIRE CHIEF DIES IN FREEWAY CRASH- MAN GETS UP TO 15 YEARS

Sunday morning a Splendora Wrecker Driver and his wife were struck while in their wrecker on a crash scene on US 59 in Humble blocking assisting Humble PD close lanes down for a crash. The driver who struck them was killed. If they had not been where they were several first responders who were working the crash scene would most likely be dead or injured. One reader commented that in Dallas cones are used 1/2 mile from the scene and a police officer alerts crews ahead if someone goes through the barricade. This in Michigan is exactly what happened , however how long do you think you have to react if you are 1/2 mile away and vehicle is traveling at 90 mph.
Twenty-four-year-old Brandon Clevenger was sentenced in Kalamazoo County (MI) Circuit Court last week and will serve up to 15 years in prison for causing the Line of Duty Death of Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalski. Clevenger was charged with killing Chief Switalski in a crash on Interstate 94 in June 2017. Chief Switalski’s family said the sentence brings some relief and they were hoping the minimum sentence would be three years. A judge said Clevenger will spend three and a half to 15 years in prison for the death of Switalski.

Clevenger was driving 90 mph when he crashed through an emergency scene zone on I-94, ignoring all warning signals and he killed Chief Switalski, who was operating at that previous crash.

FAMILY STATEMENT:
Emily Switalski, Ed Switalski’s youngest daughter, said, “Never in a million years, when growing up, did I picture this is how I would lose my dad in the line of duty …. The blatant disregard for the emergency vehicle zone has really been what’s in my mind. I really, truly feel that this could have been preventable.”

Clevenger’s family was also in court as he told the judge he accepts full responsibility for his actions.

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