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Relatives Seek Jail Time in Double Fatality in Canton

Relatives look to impose jail sentence on driver in Canton crash that killed two Belleville teens.

Grieving relatives asked a 35th District Court judge Monday to hand down a prison sentence to a driver accused of ignoring a flashing red light in Canton, resulting in a two-car crash that , both of Belleville, according to the Canton Observer.

The defense for driver Rufus Thomas Brandon II, 24, argued that Brandon shouldn't be jailed for a decision made while driving his Chevrolet Cavalier southbound through the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Belleville Road just after 2 a.m. on July 24. Brandon's car was hit by a Monte Carlo traveling eastbound on Michigan Avenue.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, police said in July.

Brandon faces a Nov. 13 sentencing, where he could face a one-year jail term and probation, the report said. He pleaded no contest Monday to one count of a moving violation causing a death, the report said. 

James Beavers November 06, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I'm the father of Danielle Beavers who passed away in the accident of July 24th 2012.My wife and I don't think this young man should receive a harsh punishment for an accident.The young man was doing BOTH girls a favor by driving them home,Admittedly he was at fault,But to destroy his life for a careless accident is not the way to fix the problem .How about asking the county why we have a speed limit of 55 mph on a road that is not an x press way and runs thru so many county's or why are those lights are flashing after a certain time on the clock.Has anyone asked the police about what they think off these flashing lights,Or how many other s have had accidents or lost their lives because of a flashing light.It was an accident plain and simple.
melissa Kelley December 07, 2012 at 04:08 AM
I am just now hearing about this.. I am so sorry for your loss. Your and your family are in my Prayers. I pray that God also heals the heart of My dear friend, and lifts the guilt he is carrying..Melissa Kelley

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