Survivor of deadly DUI crash in Redford speaks out

By Shawn Ley - Reporter

REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A 25-year-old woman is in custody and a 31-year-old woman is in the intensive care unit after a deadly crash in Redford early Thursday morning.

Brittany Johnson, 31, is in the ICU suffering from massive injuries. Her fiancé, Jerome Zirker, was killed in the crash. He was 31.

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A suspected drunk driver was heading northbound on Beech Daly Road near Plymouth Road when she crossed the center line, hitting an SUV head-on.

Amanda Kosal, 25, of Redford, was charged Friday with drunk driving causing death and serious injury.

“She took everything away from me and it’s horrible,” Johnson said. “She took a good man off this earth. He was a good man who took care of his kids on a daily basis.”

Johnson is now a single mother of five. Zirker had just picked Johnson up from her 12-hour shift as a care worker at a group home. Typically all five children ride along with their father to pick Johnson up from work.

“Luckily, they were at grandma’s house or it would have been all of us,” Johnson said.

Zirker’s mother, Rathel Fizer, doesn’t want Kosal to go to jail if she’s convicted.

“I want her to stay out and help support my grandchildren, because they don’t have a father to take care of them,” Fizer said. “If she goes to prison or jail, I’m taking care of her. I don’t want her to mail a check. I want her to hand-deliver it to them so she can see the faces that she destroyed.”

Kosal was given a bond of $35,000.

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