Court resolves case against Bobchick in fatal crash

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published December 17, 2015

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After a meeting in the judge’s chambers at the 42nd District Court in Romeo Dec. 17, Gregory Bobchick’s defense attorney and the prosecutor agreed on a resolution to Bobchick’s case, which had stemmed from a fatal car crash at Stony Creek Metropark May 8 that killed three of Bobchick’s peers.

Judge Denis LeDuc agreed to dismiss the charge against Bobchick of allowing an intoxicated person to drive Bobchick’s motor vehicle. Bobchick pleaded no contest to a charge of minor in possession of alcohol, and LeDuc agreed to sentence Bobchick under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act.

Under HYTA, if Bobchick complies with his sentencing guidelines and restrictions, the conviction will be erased from his record. The misdemeanor carries a $100 fine and/or 90-day jail sentence.

“I accepted this agreement because I feel it’s in the best interest of justice and in the best interest of everyone involved,” LeDuc said. “(Bobchick is) doing very well in the testing program. Keep that up and follow treatments. No mixing any alcohol or any non-prescribed drugs.”

Prosecutor Christine Anderson, of the Washington Township Attorney’s Office, took over the case from Colleen O’Connor Worden, who recently accepted a job with the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.

Anderson said the switch in prosecutors did not have anything to do with the Dec. 17 resolution.

Bobchick’s defense attorney, David Griem, said he will be hoping for probation in his client’s criminal sentencing, which was scheduled for Feb. 12.

“A blood test was taken and the results were 0.02 (blood alcohol content), which of course, if he was an adult at the time, is considerably below the level for finding someone under the influence, but he was a minor,” Griem said. “I’m (hoping to convince the court) that all the time that Greg Bobchick spent in two different hospitals was his jail time.”

Bobchick suffered a traumatic head injury from the crash that required brain surgery and three metal plates. Griem said that Bobchick is in therapy and counseling four days a week — two days at home and two days at doctors’ offices.

Reading from notes by forensic neuropsychologist Bradley Sewick, Griem said to the court: “Given the magnitude of his injuries, we anticipate that he will experience substantial associated limitation for a significant period of time — many months or longer — with uncertain long-term prognosis. He demonstrates quite serious deficits, particularly in areas of memory, working memory, processing speed and executive functions.”

Griem also is representing Bobchick in an unrelated minor in possession charge from July 4, in which Bobchick’s father called police to take his son to the hospital for an evaluation because he “wasn’t right” as a result of his injury.

“I think now that this one’s settled, that one’s going to settle very easily,” he said.

Besides the two criminal charges against him, the Bobchick family was named in three civil lawsuits filed by attorneys on behalf of the families of some of the young men who were involved in the crash.

Griem said the civil lawsuits were unfounded.

“I think it’s time for everyone to try — I know it’s very difficult for three sets of parents to move on with their lives, but I think that would be good for everyone,” Griem said.

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