Driver sought in fatal accident

Full story: Livingstondaily.com

Police are looking for the driver of a car that may have been involved in a fatal traffic accident Sunday in Hartland Township.
Comments
21 - 31 of 31 Comments Last updated Mar 19, 2008
First Prev
of 2
Next Last
Missing Jay Grad

Newaygo, MI

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#21
Apr 24, 2007
 
I don't think a day goes by that I don't think about him. I am sure everyone is missing him as much as I do!
Driver Plead Guilty

Auburn Hills, MI

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#22
Jun 1, 2007
 
All, The driver plead guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident. She will serve 1 year in jail, and lose her driver's license for 1 year after her release. Additionally she will perform 200 hours of community service, and be on 5 years probation.
Chinese Fabio

Davison, MI

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#23
Aug 10, 2007
 
http://www.state.mi.us/mdoc/asp/otis2results....

I believe that is the person. A very light sentence. She is doing a year in jail.

Since: Aug 07

United States

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#24
Aug 16, 2007
 
link don't work...
Forever missing jason

Novi, MI

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#25
Feb 29, 2008
 
Woman gets year of jail in road fatality
By Lisa Roose-Church
DAILY PRESS & ARGUS
Relatives of a Farmington Hills man killed in a car accident last year said they were upset that they would have a lifetime of anguish while a Davison driver would spend just a year in jail after she left the man like "roadkill."
Courtney Louise Zalack, 24, who pleaded guilty to failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing death, was sentenced Thursday to five years of probation, with the first year in the Livingston County Jail, for the July 16 accident that killed Jason Gradinac, 28.
Gradinac's sister, Jessica Smith, called Zalack "very selfish and careless."
"She left him on the side of the road as roadkill," she said. "Even in his last moments, he put the defendant's safety first, which cost him his life."
Zalack was traveling southbound on U.S. 23 when she said she missed the Highland Road (M-59) exit at about 5:40 p.m. July 16, and suddenly slowed to use an "authorized vehicles only" area on the highway to tur her vehicle around.
Gradinac, who was driving a 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer southbound on U.S. 23, lost control as he tried to avoid a collision. His SUV left the roadway and rolled at least twice before stopping on its side on the shoulder of the highway about a half-mile south of M-59, witnesses said.
Police later learned that the two vehicles did not make contact, but the driver of the Monte Carlo later identified as Zalack did not stop and proceeded to exit the expressway at M-59.
Besides sentencing Zalack to jail and probation, Livingston County Circuit Judge David Reader ordered that she not be released early from probation and that she have no driving privileges for one year after she is released from jail. She also must serve 200 hours of community service, including attending five victim-impact panels.
Defense attorney Michael Manley said his client did not know there was an accident.
"There was no contact with the two cars," he said. "To accuse this young lady of leaving Jason on the side of the road like a raccoon or roadkill is totally, totally not true," he said.
"She made one of those bonehead mistakes you wish you could take back," Manley said. "She's going to dedicate her life to the memory of Jason."
Zalack, who apologized to the victim's family, reportedly told probation officers that she was traveling to a friend's home that day and she missed her exit. She said she did not know how much farther the next exit would be, so she decided to illegally turn around.
When asked if she checked on the other driver, Zalack said, "No."
Witnesses said they "saw dust flying" and a "cloud of smoke" during the incident. One witness also said she thought Zalack's car "appeared to be speeding to cut someone off" while another said the vehicle "flew past me" when she stopped to help the victim.
Gradinac, who was wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the SUV. He was taken by ambulance to the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, where he was pronounced dead.
"He was my sun, my moon and my north star," Jason's mother, Milka, said in a Croatian accent. "I am sentenced in Alcatraz on (the) bottom floor for the rest of my life.... He's never coming back (to) put his arm around my shoulder and tell me,'Mom, I love you.' "
Smith said her brother was "the total package" a funny, sensitive, humble and gorgeous man who was loved by all who knew him. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan and had earned a master's degree from Purdue University.
Gradinac, a General Motors Corp. employee, was engaged to be married and enjoyed doing impersonations, with actor Jim Carrey being one of his favorites. He also ran for charities and was training for a marathon in Detroit when he was killed.
"He loved, lived and laughed," his sister said.
Contact Daily Press & Argus reporter Lisa Roose-Church at lrchurch@
gannett.com .
Forever missing jason

Novi, MI

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#26
Feb 29, 2008
 
Woman gets year of jail in road fatality
By Lisa Roose-Church
DAILY PRESS & ARGUS
Relatives of a Farmington Hills man killed in a car accident last year said they were upset that they would have a lifetime of anguish while a Davison driver would spend just a year in jail after she left the man like "roadkill."
Courtney Louise Zalack, 24, who pleaded guilty to failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing death, was sentenced Thursday to five years of probation, with the first year in the Livingston County Jail, for the July 16 accident that killed Jason Gradinac, 28.


Gradinac's sister, Jessica Smith, called Zalack "very selfish and careless."
"She left him on the side of the road as roadkill," she said. "Even in his last moments, he put the defendant's safety first, which cost him his life."
Zalack was traveling southbound on U.S. 23 when she said she missed the Highland Road (M-59) exit at about 5:40 p.m. July 16, and suddenly slowed to use an "authorized vehicles only" area on the highway to tur her vehicle around.
Gradinac, who was driving a 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer southbound on U.S. 23, lost control as he tried to avoid a collision. His SUV left the roadway and rolled at least twice before stopping on its side on the shoulder of the highway about a half-mile south of M-59, witnesses said.
Police later learned that the two vehicles did not make contact, but the driver of the Monte Carlo later identified as Zalack did not stop and proceeded to exit the expressway at M-59.
Besides sentencing Zalack to jail and probation, Livingston County Circuit Judge David Reader ordered that she not be released early from probation and that she have no driving privileges for one year after she is released from jail. She also must serve 200 hours of community service, including attending five victim-impact panels.
Defense attorney Michael Manley said his client did not know there was an accident.
"There was no contact with the two cars," he said. "To accuse this young lady of leaving Jason on the side of the road like a raccoon or roadkill is totally, totally not true," he said.
"She made one of those bonehead mistakes you wish you could take back," Manley said. "She's going to dedicate her life to the memory of Jason."
Zalack, who apologized to the victim's family, reportedly told probation officers that she was traveling to a friend's home that day and she missed her exit. She said she did not know how much farther the next exit would be, so she decided to illegally turn around.
When asked if she checked on the other driver, Zalack said, "No."
Witnesses said they "saw dust flying" and a "cloud of smoke" during the incident. One witness also said she thought Zalack's car "appeared to be speeding to cut someone off" while another said the vehicle "flew past me" when she stopped to help the victim.
Gradinac, who was wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the SUV. He was taken by ambulance to the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, where he was pronounced dead.
"He was my sun, my moon and my north star," Jason's mother, Milka, said in a Croatian accent. "I am sentenced in Alcatraz on (the) bottom floor for the rest of my life.... He's never coming back (to) put his arm around my shoulder and tell me,'Mom, I love you.' "
Smith said her brother was "the total package" a funny, sensitive, humble and gorgeous man who was loved by all who knew him. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan and had earned a master's degree from Purdue University.
Gradinac, a General Motors Corp. employee, was engaged to be married and enjoyed doing impersonations, with actor Jim Carrey being one of his favorites. He also ran for charities and was training for a marathon in Detroit when he was killed.
"He loved, lived and laughed," his sister said.
Contact Daily Press & Argus reporter Lisa Roose-Church
FSCK39

Port Huron, MI

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#27
Mar 17, 2008
 
This was a freak accident. A shame, but an accident.
FSCK39

Port Huron, MI

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#28
Mar 17, 2008
 
A small mistake, with a serious consequence.

Since: Aug 07

United States

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#29
Mar 17, 2008
 
Well if that's true, she should have stopped.
boogs

United States

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#30
Mar 19, 2008
 
FSCK39 wrote:
This was a freak accident. A shame, but an accident.
A freack accident? it was not an accident, it was in fact a persons conscience choice to commit an illegal turn on a freeway where most often drivers are exceeding the posted speed limit by 10 to 15 mph, her actions resulted in the death of an innocent man. Not an accident, she failed to consider the consequence of her action.......
boogs

United States

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#31
Mar 19, 2008
 
FSCK39 wrote:
A small mistake, with a serious consequence.
A small mistake? Not so, a mistake is mispelling a word or miscalcuting numbers....Zolack intentionally made an illegal turn on the freeway to make up for missing her exit, resulting in the death of an innocent man. Wonder why she missed the exit? excessive speed would be my presumption....

Tell me when this thread is updated: (Registration is not required)

Add to my Tracker Send me an email

First Prev
of 2
Next Last
Type in your comments below
Name
(appears on your post)
Comments
Characters left: 4000
Type the numbers you see in the image on the right:

Please note by clicking on "Post Comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Other Recent Franklin Discussions

Search the Franklin Forum:
Title Updated Last By Comments
14th District race packed with action, but ther... 19 hr sfd resident 1
Funeral planning seminar planned June 23 (Jun '10) 19 hr Brain 5
MI 2010 Michigan Primary Election: Did you vote? (Aug '10) Wed gottondas 5,482
What is going to happen to St Vincent and Sarah... (May '06) Jul 20 Barb Gluski Arthur 256
The puppet musical for adults only (Aug '12) Jul 15 Medfer 5
Strippers steal the Players stage (May '10) Jul 11 Earl 10
Review: K & K Quick Oil Lube Inc (Mar '09) Jul 11 Earl 4
•••
•••
•••
•••

Franklin Jobs

•••
Enter and win $5000
•••
•••

Franklin People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

•••

Franklin News, Events & Info

Click for news, events and info in Franklin
•••

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]
•••