Family of 20-year-old killed in Detroit motorcycle crash outraged over delay in criminal case against driver

Driver is free on personal bond

The family of a 20-year-old man who was killed when a car pulled out in front of him is still waiting for justice in the case.

WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. – The family of a 20-year-old man who was killed when a car pulled out in front of him is still waiting for justice in the case.

The driver has been charged but the case has seen lengthy delays.

In March, Ahmed Alawsi was on his motorcycle on Warren Avenue in Detroit, headed home to Dearborn when he was involved in a crash. A camera recorded the moments as a driver pulled out in front of him.

“He pulled right into oncoming traffic. He didn’t look to the left or the right. My client didn’t have a chance to react. He was killed instantly,” the family’s attorney Majed Moughni said.

The Local 4 Defenders have the police reports from the crash. Prosecutors have charged the driver of the car. He has been identified as Cleophas McGowan, 47, from Detroit. He was charged with a moving violation causing death.

His license was suspended and Moughni said he had no auto insurance. Moughni said the charges are not strong enough.

“That’s not a slap on the hand. It’s like shaking hands,” Moughni said.

McGowan has yet to appear in court to face those charges. The case has been on hold for eight months since the fatal crash occurred.

McGowan should have been arraigned on Nov. 12 but the case has not even been assigned a case number. This is likely due to the massive backlog of cases the courts are dealing with.

He has been out on a personal bond ever since with no tether and nothing to prevent him from driving again.

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