CLARKSTON, MI – A Brandon Township man who admitted drinking four to six 12-ounce beers before giving a tractor ride to two of his 2-year-old cousins when one of them apparently fell from the tractor and suffered fatal injuries was arraigned on Friday June 4th, 2021, on a felony charge.
Anthony Steven Davis, 33-years-old, was charged with operating an off-road vehicle while intoxicated causing death – a 15-year felony – in the May 29th accident in which Roman Michael Wager of Sterling Heights was fatally injured. Davis also is charged with a misdemeanor count for operating an off-road vehicle while intoxicated and the occupant is less than 16 years old.
Davis is free on a $50,000 personal bond set by 52nd District Court – Second Division Magistrate Daniel Schouman. Davis is next scheduled to appear on June 17 for a probable cause conference. His preliminary examination is set for June 24 before District Judge Kelly Kostin.
“Time and time again we stress the need to never mix piloting a vehicle of any kind with drinking alcohol,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. “And yet, unspeakable tragedy continues to happen by this irresponsible behavior. Sadly, no one in this family will ever be the same because of a terrible choice.”
Sheriff’s Deputies were sent to a residence in the 600 block of Nelson William Drive in Brandon Township about 7:30 p.m. on the report of a child who was injured in a tractor accident. When they arrived, they saw a family member, later identified as the mother, performing CPR on the unconscious boy. Deputies and Brandon Township Fire Department paramedics took over lifesaving measures. Roman was taken to Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc Township where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy listed the cause of death as blunt force trauma.
Davis told deputies at the scene he had been giving Roman and a second 2-year-old male cousin a ride on the Kubota L3301 tractor. Roman was standing on the tractor floorboard and the other cousin was on Davis’ lap. Davis said he had his arm around Roman. “One second he was there, and then he wasn’t,” Davis told Deputies.
Davis could not explain how the boy fell off the tractor. A preliminary blood test was administered at the scene which revealed his blood alcohol level was nearly twice the limit at which a driver is considered intoxicated under Michigan law. A half-consumed beer was found on the tractor.
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