Driver charged with multiple counts after fatal car accident

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published March 9, 2016


FRASER — A Clinton Township man is being held in jail after he allegedly caused the death of two individuals.

Valon Gjykaj, 21, faces felony counts of driving without a license and reckless driving causing death after a Feb. 6 car accident led to the deaths of two men, one of whom was his father.

He was arraigned Feb. 23 in 39th District Court in Roseville. At press time, he was held on a $50,000 cash/surety bond, with no 10 percent. He faces 15 years in jail.

Court records also indicate that the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a hold on Gjykaj, who is reportedly from Albania.

Fraser Lt. Mike Pettyes said the incident allegedly occurred Feb. 6 on Groesbeck Highway, south of Kelly Road. Valon Gjykaj was reportedly driving while his father, Pashk Gjykaj, 54, was sitting in the passenger seat.

Valon allegedly lost control of his vehicle, which led to a head-on collision with 83-year-old Donald Schulte.

Police say Valon was somehow distracted while driving, weaving out of his lane and causing the accident.

“Through witnesses, we knew he was the at-fault driver,” Pettyes said. “He just drove into traffic.”

Local business camera surveillance back up police assertions, he added.

The crash eventually led to the deaths of Pashk Gjykaj and Schulte — both died in the hospital within a week. Pettyes said both men had multiple internal injuries and broken bones.

“The father of the arrestee — he was never able to speak,” Pettyes said. “He was unconscious the whole time. (Schulte) … remembered the accident (while in the hospital) and told us exactly what happened.”

Valon’s attorney, Joseph Dedvukaj, could not be reached for comment at press time. Valon’s next court date was scheduled for March 9.