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Driver In Fatal Crash Had .25 Alcohol Level

A driver whose Camaro crossed an interstate median and crashed into a van, killing himself and four others, had more than twice the legal level of alcohol in his system, authorities said Monday.

Jason Walczewski, 22, smashed into the van in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 196 on Sunday night. Walczewski, his passenger, John Hardin, 23, died, as well as three members of a family in the van. The lone survivor was a 2-1/2-year-old girl, who was cut from her car seat by a trucker.

Tests showed Walczewski’s blood-alcohol level was 0.25, well above the 0.10 standard for drunken driving in Michigan, said Highway Patrol Trooper David Robinson.

State records show Walczewski’s license had been suspended for failing to pay a speeding ticket last year. He also had been ticketed in the past for alcohol-related offenses.

The victims in the van were Fred Markoski, 33, wife Kris, 31, and son Benjamin, 10 months old. Their daughter, Molly, was hospitalized in serious condition.

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