Clinton Township man charged in fatal collision
By Julie Snyder
Posted February 19, 2014
MOUNT CLEMENS — A man has been charged with his third driving while intoxicated offense after he struck and killed another motorist in Mount Clemens Feb. 15.
Oren Eker Brown, 39, of Clinton Township is being held in the Macomb County Jail on $300,000 bond while awaiting a preliminary examination later this month.
According to Macomb County Sheriff’s investigators, Brown was traveling southbound on Groesbeck in a 2004 Ford conversion van at approximately 7:20 p.m. Eyewitnesses say Brown failed to stop at a red light at Cass Avenue and ultimately struck a 2004 PT Cruiser that was attempting a left-hand turn from eastbound Cass onto northbound Groesbeck. Brown hit the vehicle on the driver’s side, instantly killing the driver, 64-year-old Gayle Naiman of St. Clair.
Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the impact caused Brown’s van to flip. He sustained minor injuries and was treated, under police guard, at McLaren-Macomb Hospital.
The sheriff’s office reports that he has two previous drinking and driving convictions. Lt. John Michalke said on Feb. 19 that officials have yet to receive the confirmed results of Brown’s blood-alcohol analysis.
Brown was arraigned via video in 41-B District Court Judge Daniel J. Goulette’s courtroom on Feb. 18. He was charged with operating while intoxicated causing death, which carries a potential 15-year prison term and/or a $2,500-$10,000 fine.
Naiman, a former resident of Clinton Township, worked as a massage therapist at Associates Therapeutic Massage in Clinton Township. She is survived by her husband Paul Naiman, her two children and three grandchildren.
About the author
Staff Writer Julie Snyder covers Harrison Township, Mount Clemens, Macomb County, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, and Mount Clemens Community Schools for the Journal. She has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2003, and attended the University of Toledo with degrees in journalism and photography. Julie has received several awards for her work in Arizona and Washington, including AP awards in Arizona for breaking news reporting and feature writing.
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