Warren firefighter charged with murder in crash that killed Sterling Heights teen
STERLING HEIGHTS, MI — Macomb County Prosecutor Eric B. Smith says Warren Firefighter Tad A. Davis knows the devastation of drunk driving, which is why what he’s accused of is so surprising.
The crash occurred about 9 p.m. near Plumbrook and Plainview in Sterling Heights.
Smith said Davis was driving, using “conservative” estimates, about 70 mph in a 35 mph residential zone, had a blood-alcohol level near twice the legal limit of .08 percent and never hit the brakes before crossing the media and slamming head-on into the teen’s 2001 Mercury Sable.
“The poor girl never had a chance,” Smith said at a press conference Tuesday. “This defendant took all the joy away from this family.”
Both Davis and Pozderca were within blocks of their homes. Pozderca was returning from a friend’s house was about to be surprised with a brand-new Ford Fusion her parents had purchased her to drive to Michigan State University for a visit with her brother and a Spartans football game the following day, Smith said.
The prosecutor, a father of three, said: “Let’s make it clear, I have no sympathy for this defendant whatsoever.”
He will ask the judge to deny bond when Davis is arraigned, likely Tuesday afternoon.
Davis, who was critically injured and is using a wheelchair, was booked at the Sterling Heights Police Department Tuesday morning.
A representative at the Warren Fire Department said no one was available to confirm his employment status. A message was left for the fire commissioner seeking that information.
When asked why it took over two months before charges were issued, Smith attributed the lag to a “complicated investigation.”
He said the devastation was so great the black boxes of both vehicles — which track metrics such as speed and braking — were damaged to an extent they couldn’t be analyzed. ...MORE