Exam to continue for man who allegedly hit teen while driving impaired

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published June 10, 2019

 Albert Donadio

Albert Donadio

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A man from Shelby Township who faces charges of operating under the influence of drugs causing death and reckless driving causing death for a crash that claimed the life of a 15-year-old from Macomb Township Jan. 5 in Shelby Township had the first part of his preliminary examination at the 41-A District Court June 4.

Anthony Jugo, the 15-year-old who was hit, and his friend were walking westbound on 25 Mile Road, where no vehicles should have been traveling at the time of the crash due to a construction closure.

The crash occurred at 6:10 p.m. Jan. 5 on 25 Mile Road, just west of Hayes Road, and involved Albert Donadio’s silver 2003 BMW striking Jugo.

Donadio, 33, had just come out of a condominium complex on Cambridge Drive and turned left onto 25 Mile, despite the presence of “no left turn” signs and barricades on the roadway, according to the testimony. The boys were 300 feet from their destination.

According to Deputy Mitchell Blount’s testimony, Donadio admitted that he “swerved his car to avoid hitting the two boys who were walking on a Shelby Township road, but swerved back because he saw another car coming from the opposite direction and fatally struck Jugo.” Donadio told police that he thought he struck a deer.

Donadio, according to police, smelled of marijuana from 1 to 2 feet away at the time, and police then executed a search warrant for his blood. His blood was drawn later that night at 10:30 p.m.

William Cataldo, chief of homicide for the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, said that Donadio allegedly had 9 nanograms of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in his system at the time. Donadio reportedly told police he didn’t ingest marijuana that day and said he had the previous night. According to Joseph Stuglin, a Shelby Township police officer who responded to the accident that night, Donadio was given a test to see if he was high and reacted too quickly to some of them, although they didn’t prove he had been high.

“He said he swerved over to the eastbound lane and said he saw another car coming and swerved back over. He told me he thought he had hit a deer,” Stuglin testified.

After the accident, Stuglin said, Donadio “showed visual signs of being upset, was hyperventilating and at times crying ... emotional.”

Donadio’s lawyer, Steven Rabaut, pointed out that Donadio was cooperative with police.

Officers and paramedics provided emergency medical aid to Jugo; police said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Multiple witnesses were questioned during the examination, including the 13-year-old friend who was with Jugo during the crash.

When asked where they were walking, the 13-year-old stated that they had walked through the traffic circle just off Hayes Road toward Schoenherr Road on 25 Mile.

Cataldo showed a photograph of the general area on 25 Mile where the crash occurred and asked the boy to show where the crash occurred. Cataldo walked through each detail of the crash.

When asked why they were walking in the road, the 13-year-old said, “It was OK because the road was closed.”

The 13-year-old said that when the accident occurred, “Anthony got hit and flew maybe 20 feet and 6 feet high.”

At the time of the accident, Donadio had told police he was going about 25 mph and the speed limit was 50 mph.

Multiple witnesses stated that there were no signs in the road saying that the road was closed, except at the roundabout.

Cataldo asked the 13-year-old if the two boys heard a horn or a car coming up behind them; he said no.

The car did not hit the 13-year-old and he did not see the car at any point. The boys were walking with traffic, not toward it.

The 13-year-old said that when Jugo got hit, the 13-year-old ran up to his friend, which took about 20 seconds, and turned him on his side to ensure he would not choke.

Donadio got out his vehicle after about three minutes, according to the 13-year-old, and came over to the 13-year-old and asked, “Is this your friend?” and asked if the 13-year-old was OK.

Donadio then called 911, according to the testimony; the 13-year-old had called 911 too.

The 13-year-old said that Donadio came to comfort him and ask for Jugo’s name to pray for him.

When the boy called 911 the first time, there was a disconnection and he called back again immediately.

Police arrived about one minute after the call.

The 13-year-old said he remembered a car coming down the other side of the road, but he did not see Donadio’s.

The two teens had been walking on the white line on the road due to there being no sidewalk for pedestrians, and Jugo was walking 2 feet into the road, according to the testimony. Both were wearing darker-colored clothes.

The 13-year-old said that they had been listening to music on a wireless Bluetooth speaker that Jugo was carrying while also holding his phone, and they were talking. They had gone to Little Caesars and Kroger and were on their way to the 13-year-old’s house.

Cataldo made a point to raise the fact that Donadio had a medical marijuana card at the time.

Rabaut questioned how light or dark it was outside and pointed out that the roads were not lit. Witnesses said it had been pretty dark outside.

Donadio’s next court date to continue his examination is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. July 3. His bond had been set at $20,000, 10 percent, which he posted.

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