Driver charged in road worker crash

By NIKKI YOUNK

Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – A Quinnesec woman accused of hitting and injuring a road construction worker while driving with a blood alcohol level at nearly three times the legal limit was officially charged in Dickinson County District Court Friday.

Andrea Lee Drawski, 32, faces one felony count of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury and one misdemeanor count of failure to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident.

If convicted on both counts, she could spend up to six years in prison.

A preliminary examination in the matter is scheduled for July 25. Grant Carlson has been appointed as Drawski’s defense attorney.

Troopers from the Iron Mountain post of the Michigan State Police said that the victim in the case, 54-year-old Kenneth Thompson of Saginaw, Mich., was treated for his injuries at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital and released.

According to the criminal complaint, Thompson sustained injuries to his neck, hip, elbow, and abdomen.

The incident in question occurred at about 9:40 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 2 near Third Street in Quinnesec.

At the time, that area of U.S. 2 was under construction as part of a resurfacing project headed by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

A trooper on patrol witnessed the incident occur within the fully-marked construction zone. He observed Thompson, who was wearing full reflective gear, fall to the ground and the maroon-colored suspect vehicle continue to travel west on U.S. 2.

The trooper pulled over the suspect vehicle, allegedly driven by Drawski, about a half-mile from the scene.

According to the criminal complaint, Drawski exhibited several signs of intoxication and could not successfully complete any of the field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test (PBT) estimated her blood alcohol content at .22, the complaint stated.

Construction work on U.S. 2 in the area of the incident has since resumed.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.