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People v. Rideout

Court of Appeals of Michigan
727 N.W.2d 630 (2006)


Facts

On November 23, 2003, Rideout (defendant) was driving while intoxicated and turned into the path of Jason Reichelt’s car. Reichelt’s car hit Rideout’s car and spun out onto the centerline of the road. Neither Reichelt nor Jonathan Keiser, his passenger, was seriously hurt. They went to speak with Rideout on the side of the road, where Rideout’s car had stopped. Reichelt then became concerned that because it was dark and his headlights were not working, oncoming cars might hit his car. Reichelt and Keiser went back to Reichelt’s car in the center of the road to check if the flashers worked. While standing next to the car, an oncoming car fatally hit Keiser. Rideout was subsequently convicted of causing death as a result of driving while intoxicated. Rideout appealed, arguing that the trial court improperly instructed the jury on causation and that the prosecution failed to produce enough evidence to establish that Rideout caused Keiser’s death.

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