2018-02-01 / Front Page

Drugs and alcohol in fatal accidents

Three people are dead

Toxicology reports show that drugs and alcohol were heavily involved in two fatal crashes that since September killed three people in Leelanau County.

Lab tests from an autopsy show that a 26-yearold driver in a Sept. 7 crash had marijuana as well as several controlled substances in his blood and urine.

The driver, Dominic R. Holly of Mancelona, was heading north on M-22 in Elmwood Township a little after noon when he crossed the centerline into the southbound lane. His car crashed head-on to a southbound vehicle driven by 85-year-old Roy L. Vomastek of Marion.

Both drivers died as a result of the crash.

“There were a total of 11 forms of narcotics in his system,” Sheriff Mike Borkovich said. “All of the narcotics are commonly bought and sold on illegal markets.”

Alcohol also was a factor in a one-car crash that killed a Maple City woman just before Christmas.

Nicole Danielle Swanson, 22, was northbound on South Maple City Road about 3 a.m. Dec. 23 when her car veered off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree just north of East Kasson Road.

The vehicle caught fire and a passerby pulled Swanson from the vehicle and rendered aid until a Sheriff’s deputy arrive.

Swanson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Toxicology tests showed that Swanson had a blood-alcohol content of .215 — more than twice the legal limit of .08.

“Our hearts go out to the family,” Sheriff Mike Borkovich said. “We wish it would never have occurred. Our prayers are with them.”

Borkovich sees the accidents as also providing a learning opportunity for those who choose to grasp the dangers of mixing drugs and alcohol with driving.

“Talk to your kids or family members who drink to excess,” he said. “Even if you are of age, if you’re drinking have someone else drive or call a cab.”

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