Thursday, August 31, 2023

Romulus man facing charges in pedestrian death

Jacob Thomas Mraulak
Jacob Thomas Mraulak, 28, of Romulus, is facing criminal charges in connection to the death of a pedestrian and serious injury of another as he drove onto the sidewalk in Detroit.

According to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, at about 5:28 p.m. Aug. 18, the defendant was intoxicated, driving against traffic on East Lafayette Street near St. Aubin Street when he drove onto the sidewalk, striking and killing Vivian Carmody, 68, and seriously injuring her husband, Dan Carmody, also 68, both of Detroit.

According to court documents, medics arrived on the scene and transported both victims and the defendant to a local hospital for treatment. Vivian Carmody succumbed to her injuries later the same day and was pronounced dead. Her husband, who remains in serious condition, is the Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Market.

Mraulak has been charged with operating while intoxicated causing death, reckless driving causing death, operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, and reckless driving causing serious injury. 

Mraulak was arraigned in 36th District Court and given a $250,000 cash bond with conditions of no alcohol, no intoxicating substances, GPS and alcohol tether, and house arrest.  A bond-redetermination hearing was scheduled for Aug. 25 before Judge William McConico and a probable cause conference was scheduled yesterday before Judge Kenneth King. 

“This is a harsh fact: Every time you get behind the wheel of a car, you should be acutely aware that you are potentially driving an instrumentality of death. Traffic accidents happen. There is no denying that. Criminal traffic tragedies do not just happen. There is a reason for them, and criminal consequences attach including, possibly, a loss of freedom. Our hearts go out to Mr. Carmody and his family at this very difficult time.” said Worthy.