Next time you think about about getting behind the wheel after having a night of “drinking and partying”, or combining alcohol with other drugs – think again. You’re actions could cause the death of another person – and could even cause the death of a child. Actions that recently sent one Michigan woman to prison for up to 50 years.
Starr Kiogima-McGill was recently convicted and sentenced to serve 25-50 years for rolling her car with her 4-year old daughter in the car. Alcohol, heroin, cocaine, and other assorted illegal substances were found in her system at the time of the crash.
The woman lived in Grand Ledge, MI, and was convicted last month of second-degree murder and drunken driving causing death – her 4-year old daughter.
The crash happened the early afternoon of Sept. 11, 2013 on Interstate 96 near West Saginaw Highway.
At last month’s trial, a state police expert testified that Natalie McGill was not buckled into her car seat when Kiogima-McGill lost control of her SUV on a highway on-ramp and rolled over multiple times. Natalie was thrown from the Ford Expedition into the median and died.
Eaton County Assistant Prosecutor Chris Anderson said Kiogima-Mcgill was driving faster than 70 mph and was sleep-deprived after a night of heavy drinking. She also had Oxycontin and an anti-anxiety medication in her system.
Kiogima-McGill returned to Michigan in October 2013 — only after her husband lost custody of her three children to Child Protective Services. That same month, Kiogima-McGill was pulled over by a police officer. She lied about her name.
The unfortunate part of this story is that Starr is alive, and her 4-year old daughter is dead. More often than not, DUI crashes that result in a death are NOT the offender, but an innocent bystander, or passenger.
Our hearts go out to relatives of this little girl. Her mother will spend the majority of her life thinking about the consequences of her actions.
If you have a drinking or drug problem, do not wait to get help. Get help now.
It is bad enough to be behind the wheel while intoxicated, but some drivers just don’t know when enough is enough. Case in point: A New Mexico man was recently arrested for not only being under the influence while driving, but also for having sex with a woman at the same time.
After crashing his vehicle, 25-year old Luis Briones allegedly attempted to flee the scene in his Ford Explorer, leaving an injured female passenger behind. The female passenger was found naked after being ejected from the vehicle.
A witness to the crime grabbed Briones’s keys to thwart the escape. Police later found Briones hiding behind a cactus.
One thing for certain is that Briones will need a good DUI attorney. He was charged with aggravated DWI, reckless driving and evading police.
It is not just driving a car that can get you in trouble after having a few drinks. A suburban Detroit man could face jail time for driving his lawn mower while intoxicated.
Roby Walton, 47, was arrested on March 22, 2013 after allegedly driving a lawn mower in the parking lot of a Rite Aid store. He later pleaded guilty to drinking and “driving”. The problem wasn’t so much that he was driving a lawn mower drunk, but the fact that this was his third offense.
John Secrest, Walton’s lawyer, didn’t think the case was justified.
“This is the stupidest case I’ve heard in my life frankly,” Walton’s lawyer, John Secrest, said today. “I know it’s unusual behavior, but I don’t know that it’s criminal. This is a harsh remedy. For a lawnmower? C’mon. I think it’s ridiculous.”
Check out the video of this one. This case is as serious as they come, but to be honest, it is a bit comical!
There are acronyms for just about everything these days, and the legal profession is no different. We are often asked what the difference is between a DUI and a OWI.
It’s a simple answer really. The terms are basically used interchangeably. “Driving Under the Influence” (DUI) and Operating (a vehicle) While Intoxicated (OWI) amount to the same result – arrest and conviction of a crime and possible jail time.
Most states have lowered the minimum blood alcohol level for being charged with an OWI. In Michigan, the blood alcohol minimum is 0.08%. Recently Michigan incorporated a Super Drunk Law that puts an offender more at risk (i.e. more and harsher penalties).
The Super Drunk Law in Michigan is .24% or higher. At that blood alcohol level, almost anyone is seriously impaired to do almost anything, let alone drive a vehicle.
And don’t think that driving anything other than a car while intoxicated is fair game. Operating any vehicle while intoxicated is a crime. For example, a South Carolina man was recently charged with driving a large John Deere tractor on the interstate while intoxicated. Not only was this action incredibly irresponsible and dangerous, it was incredibly stupid too!