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Eastern Market CEO injured, wife dead after struck by car

CBS News Detroit Digital Brief for August 21, 2023
CBS News Detroit Digital Brief for August 21, 2023 04:17

(CBS DETROIT) - Eastern Market CEO Dan Carmody and his wife, Vivian, were hit by a car while walking to dinner in Detroit Friday night. 

The crash happened at St. Aubin and Lafayette streets, and the two were taken to a local hospital.

Vivian died from her injuries sustained in the crash, and Dan is in stable condition. He is expected to recover and had surgery for his ankle scheduled for Saturday.

While Dan recovers, Katy Trudeau, president of the Eastern Market Partnership, will serve as CEO with support from Cindy Pasky, the Eastern Market Board of Directors and Board President. 

"The Eastern Market family is deeply sorry for the Carmody family and will give our full support to Dan and his family through this incredibly sad and difficult time," Trudeau said in a release. "Condolences and well wishes may be directed to Eastern Market Partnership"

In addition, the Carmodys' six daughters were notified, and according to the release, one of them was heading to Detroit. 

A suspect from Romulus was taken into custody the day of the crash and was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday, Aug. 23. 

Jacob Thomas Mraulak, 28, has been charged with operating while intoxicated, causing death, reckless driving causing death, operating while intoxicated, causing serious injury and reckless driving causing serious injury

In a press conference on Monday, Aug. 21, Police Chief James White said drugs and alcohol appear to be a factor in the incident. A preliminary investigation revealed the driver, who is expected to survive, may have suffered an overdose when he hit the couple, White said.

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