Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 4, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 12/04/2013

Ford, state join for teen driving safety

DEARBORN — Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says Ford Motor Co. is paying for distribution of a guide for parents of teen drivers, who are disproportionately involved in fatal crashes.

Johnson joined Ford officials Tuesday in Dearborn to announce the Parent’s Supervised Driving Program.

Johnson says drivers under 21 accounted for 10 percent of fatal crashes in Michigan last year. She says federal statistics show crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 14 to 18.

She says Ford will finance distribution of a teen driving guide to Michigan parents. Michigan’s graduated license system provides restricted driving ability to teens starting at the age 14 years, 9 months.

Albanian mom defies deportation order

TROY — The husband of an Albanian mother of three living in suburban Detroit says his wife has defied a federal immigration order to board a plane and return to her homeland.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Cile Precetaj, of Troy, was scheduled for deportation Tuesday morning. Pjetero Gojcevic said his wife got notice Monday of the flight at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Gojcevic said she has earned the right to live in the U.S. despite immigrating here illegally 13 years ago. He said she was escaping an abusive fiance and violent culture.


Kalamazoo sheriff IDs man killed by train

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP — Authorities in western Michigan have identified an 18-year-old man who was killed when an Amtrak passenger train hit him as he walked along the tracks.

The Kalamazoo County sheriff’s department says last Wednesday’s crash took the life of Kendall Phillips, who lived in the Kalamazoo area.

Lt. Donald Ester said in a statement Tuesday that Phillips was walking on the tracks when the Chicago-bound train hit him about 3:20 p.m.



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