Investigation begins into crash, party, and drinking
Shawn Ley and Dane Kelly, WDIV with permission
DETROIT (WDIV) – Trenisha Hawkins’ car was struck by a Detroit fire engine Sunday night.
Her sister was sick insider the home and as soon as the Detroit Fire Department Squad Six arrived, the 26-year-old firefighter behind the wheel of a $500,000 rescue vehicle struck Hawkins’ car.
The Detroit Fire Department is investigating what they’re calling a dinner, but sources are calling it a big party at Engine 50, on Detroit’s east side.
Sources told the Local 4 Defenders there was drinking, a lot of drinking and members of Squad Six were on duty and drove the fire engine to the party.
Squad Six is a little over half a mile from where Hawkins’ sister got sick, but when the call came in, Squad Six was more than two miles away and at least one person on the fire crew was impaired when her sister needed help.
A supervisor took the firefighter for a drug and alcohol test. One source said the result was a bodily alcohol content of .108, but other sources said it was much higher.
He wants to know who was at the party, who was drinking and who knew about it — including department superiors.
“We know one fire fighter consumed alcohol,” Jones said. “We need to follow the facts and where they lead. We are outraged someone would consume alcohol and drive an emergency response vehicle.”