Every time I see an emergency vehicle move sheepishly through an intersection I’m reminded of this case. A firefighter on his way to an emergency call sped through an intersection. He struck an SUV, killing two people, including an infant. By all accounts, it was horrific and tragic.
The unintended consequence of this individual’s prosecution is that emergency responders in Grand Traverse County lose time in responding to emergency calls because they essentially stop at every intersection. In the case of a cardiac arrest, that’s the difference between life and death. However, the firefighter in question had a problematic driving history that included multiple offenses in a relatively short period of time. The real issue is likely that the fire department employed a problem driver who shouldn’t have ever had lights and siren rights to disobey traffic control devices.
The crime that the firefighter faced no longer exists.