Michigan Teen Back in Court over Death of Tow-Truck Driver

Trent Sheldon, an 18-year-old from Fort Gratiot, MI, was due back in court at the end of April for a bond revocation hearing and his sentencing. Sheldon pled guilty on March 1 to driving while intoxicated and killing Jason Schultz, a 28-year-old tow-truck driver. Schultz was pulling a vehicle out of a ditch on January 15 of this year when Sheldon, who had earlier used marijuana, swerved onto the shoulder to avoid running into the tow truck, which was parked with its lights on. He hit Schultz instead, along with the tow cable and the vehicle being towed, before crashing his car into another ditch.

Sheldon faces up to 15 years in prison and a possible $7,500 fine because his accident caused the death of a first responder. He wasn’t charged under the state’s Move Over Law, but that could also have been used against him since it stipulates that drivers must move over for any stationary emergency vehicle or drive more slowly and carefully if they cannot change lanes to avoid the emergency vehicles and crews.

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