LIVONIA — A Livonia man is in critical condition at Strong Memorial after being struck by a vehicle.
Russell Maurer, 60 was struck by a vehicle operated by Gregory Walsh, 24, of Geneseo on Bronson Hill Road on May 20 at about 10:45 p.m. Maurer was transported to Strong Memorial with life threatening injuries.
Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty said Walsh was on scene and had called to report the incident. It was suspected by Deputies that Walsh may have been operating the vehicle while in an impaired state. Deputy Brandan Flickner of the Sheriff's Office STOP DWI Unit did respond to the scene and did ultimately believe in his expert opinion as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) that Walsh was impaired and could not operate a vehicle safely.
Walsh requested to be transported to the hospital to be checked. The Deputy followed the ambulance to Strong Hospital for further evaluation of Walsh. Walsh refused to give consent for a draw to determine what was in his system. Later, a warrant was signed by Judge Robert Wiggins giving Deputies the ability to get Walsh’s blood from the hospital.
Walsh was ultimately arrested at the hospital for driving while impaired by drugs, aggravated vehicular assault (Class C Felony) and vehicle and traffic infractions. Walsh was released from the hospital and taken into custody by Deputies.
Walsh was turned over to Central Booking at the Livingston County Jail for processing and to be held for arraignment. District Attorney Greg McCaffrey assisted on scene and gave a bail recommendation of $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond.
Walsh was arraigned on May 21 in Geneseo Town Court as no Livonia Judge was available. Judge Houston held Walsh on $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond. Walsh is being held at the Livingston County Jail.
On scene investigating for the Sheriff’s Office was Deputy Matthew Thomas, Deputy Brandon Flickner, Deputy Ron Wall, Sergeant Matt Orman, Forensic Identification Unit (FIU) members Sergeant Chad VanAuken and Deputy Caleb Cutting for accident reconstruction, Investigator Brad Schneider, Captain Norm Zeh, Captain Brian Applin and Sheriff Thomas Dougherty.