Drunk driving causing death
A Nelson Township man pled guilty last week to drunk driving causing death in the crash that killed a Howard City grandmother in March.
Todd Matthew Urbanski, 40, was southbound on Pine Lake Avenue, just north of 21 Mile, about 6:17 p.m. March 22, when he lost control of his 1996 Oldsmobile Aurora and crossed into the path of a 1996 GMC Safari van traveling north on Pine Lake. The driver of the van, Lorraine Jean Bradford, 74, of Howard City, was pinned in the van and pronounced dead at the scene. Urbanski was found lying in the roadway with minor cuts and abrasions, and transported to Butterworth Hospital. Although roads were icy, police suspected alcohol was a factor. It turned out that Urbanski had a blood alcohol level of 0.15 percent, well above the point a person is considered legally drunk in Michigan (0.08).
Urbanksi is scheduled to be sentenced on September 26. He could face up to 15 years in prison.