Driver charged after truck smashes through crowded bus stop in Warren
Gary Daleo charged with operating while intoxicated, reckless driving
WARREN, Mich. – A man accused of crashing a pickup truck into six people waiting at a bus stop in Warren was in court Friday in connection with the incident.
Four people were pinned underneath the truck, and five of the six people hurt are still in the hospital with broken bones.
Gary Daleo is accused of driving drunk and crashing the truck into the bus stop, and he faced a judge Friday during his arraignment.
Daleo faces three counts of operating while intoxicated and three counts of reckless driving causing serious injury.
Instead of helping the victims, Daleo is accused of walking into the nearby Subway restaurant.
"Following the accident, Daleo exited the vehicle and did not assist anyone under the vehicle and more or less walked briskly away from the scene," a police officer said in court.
"Mr. Daleo is on several medications," defense attorney Randy Babi said. "He had the choice to go right then on the spot or use the bathroom. He came out and said, 'I'm the driver,' and he tried to check on people. When I saw him, that was the first thing he asked -- how were the people?"
A preliminary breath test indicated Daleo blew a .07. Police said he knew his medications didn't mix with alcohol.
Video shows horrifying crash
On Thursday, Local 4 obtained new video that shows the heart-stopping moment of impact as the truck crashed into the bus stop, which was full of people because of the rain.
All six people inside the bus stop survived the crash but suffered injuries. Four people were rescued by firefighters after being pinned under the truck, officials said.
Warren police returned to the scene Thursday to investigate the crash and surveillance video from the Subway restaurant nearby was released.
Video shows the driver losing control of the truck on 12 Mile Road and taking out a SMART bus stop vestibule and the six people inside it.
Pictures of the aftermath show four of the victims trapped underneath the truck. Police said all six victims are still hospitalized with broken bones. One person has a back injury.
One of the victims, a woman who works at the Tim Hortons across the street, has injuries all over her body.
Driver suspected of drunken driving
Police arrested the 55-year-old Roseville driver on suspicion of drunken driving. He'll likely be charged with felonious drunken driving causing serious injury, officials said.
Investigators said the pickup driver lost control and smashed into the bus stop.
"He spun out of control, and he jumped the curb and wiped out the whole bus stop," witness Clarence Wilson said.
Wilson and his friend were standing outside of the bus shelter when the crash happened. He said some of the people sitting at the bus stop flew through the glass when the truck crashed into it.
Witnesses said the driver didn’t appear to care about the people trapped under his truck. Wilson said the man went to a nearby Subway and used the bathroom after the crash.
Subway worker: 'It could've been me'
Nancy Langoski wasn't working at Subway Wednesday, but she normally does, and she said she would have been at the bus stop.
"It could've been me," Langoski said. "It hit me pretty hard, like I said, because I always work on Wednesdays. I was grateful I wasn't there, but very sad for the people who were."
Police said alcohol and speed were likely factors in the crash.
"I will not sit in that vestibule for that reason, because they fly by, and God forbid, like yesterday -- you've got nowhere to go," Langoski said.
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