The lawyer for a 45-year-old Capac man denies his client was under the influence of marijuana when he was involved in a Shelby Township traffic crash that killed a man.
Daniel Laurie Tobey is charged with drunken driving and/or driving under the influence of drugs causing death and reckless driving causing death, both 15-year felonies, for a fiery crash on M-53 last year that killed Scott Bajorek, 37, of Memphis. A Ford Explorer driven south by Tobey about 4:25 p.m. Sept. 23 crossed the center median and crashed into a northbound Chevy Malibu driven by Bajorek, police said.
Tobey’s attorney, Arnold Weiner, said Tobey registered a “miniscule” amount of marijuana in his system after the crash, indicating he had ingested the drug days before the incident and was not under the influence at the time of the crash.
“Was his driving affected by any drugs whatsoever? No,” Weiner said. “This was a horrible, unfortunate accident, with no criminality involved.”
Weiner said he believes that a “tire blew” on Tobey’s Explorer, or the Explorer struck a dead raccoon in the roadway.