Imagine this. You are sitting in your car at an intersection, waiting for the light to change so you can go on your merry way. All of a sudden you notice a car barreling towards you in your rearview mirror. The driver is looking down, not paying attention to the road. And worse, he’s not slowing down either.
This was the case for Tom Versosky, whose car was completely crushed by the impact of a Chevrolet Silverado that slammed into him from behind. The impact forced Verosky’s vehicle into three other cars also waiting at the intersection, causing extensive damage.
But what made the incident so bizarre, was the fact that after the impact, the driver simply backed up onto someone’s lawn to get around the vehicle pile-up and then drove away. Never got out to check if the people in the damaged cars were injured. Never offered to swap insurance information with those he had struck. Never even waited for the police to show up. Just kept right on driving.
Thankfully, no one was harmed. But people were outraged. After all, the driver had made no effort to take responsibility for what happened. A nearby homeowner called police and reported the accident, and police began the investigation. Trying to find the mystery driver in the probably-damaged Silverado.
About four hours later, police found it. Parked in a side street near the scene of the accident, the truck was discovered to belong to 29-year-old Michael Boyd. Boyd himself was found walking the streets, his clothes dirty and covered with brush, smelling strongly of alcohol. Officers at the scene of the arrest tested Boyd for intoxicants, and found his BAC to be above Michigan’s legal limit for driving. But was the crash a drunk driving accident, or not?
Currently no one knows whether this was because he had been significantly more intoxicated earlier, at the time of the accident, or if he had started drinking after arriving home. As a result, it is not known whether Boyd was actually drunk at the time of the accident, which would account for the charges he is facing.
He is being charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, failing to report an accident, and failure to stop within assured clear distance. He is not, however, being charged with drunk driving.
Boyd, who is a baseball coach at Bloomfield Hills High, and also a gym teacher at three other district middle schools, has taken a leave of absence from his jobs.