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Family, co-workers call for justice in deaths of workers killed on I-94

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Families gathered for the third time Wednesday, May 5 to call for justice in the deaths of two highway construction workers struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver on I-94 in Ypsilanti Township last fall.

Nicholas Andres Sada and Davyon Desmon-Aereailes Rose, both 23 from Lansing, were killed when a suspected drunk driver entered a construction zone on eastbound I-94 near Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township and hit them at about 1:40 a.m. Nov. 7.

The driver accused of killing the pair, Ryann Danielle Musselman, 29, of Belleville, was arrested and charged with two felony counts of operating while intoxicated causing death. Musselman is currently free on $10,000 bond.

Family, friends of road workers killed in crash seek justice after waiting 5 months in court

About 50 people demonstrated around noon outside the 14A1 District Court in Pittsfield Township. They wore shirts with images of Rose and Sada and carried signs with phrases like “Justice for our sons,” “Put drunk drivers where they belong - in prison” and “You can kill two people and get a $10,000 bond.”

The men’s families, friends, co-workers and unions, however, have been frustrated over how long it’s taken for this case to move through the system.

Nick Male, Sada’s father, said his family is still reeling from the shock of waking to their doorbell ringing in the early morning, when Michigan State Police troopers arrived to say Sada had been killed.

“When our doorbell rings, everybody panics in my house,” he said. “It takes you right back to that three in the morning doorbell ring that didn’t have to happen.”

Diana Rose-Stitt, mother of Davyon Rose, said that the penalty for what is believed to be a drunken driving incident might not be severe enough to keep it from happening again.

“Michigan’s drunk driving laws are a joke,” she said. “There’s people out here killing others drunk driving and getting off with one year in prison.”

Workers with Laborers Local 1191, who represented Sada, and Laborers Local 355, who represented Rose, joined family and friends in the roadside demonstration on Washtenaw Avenue. Union representatives called for better protections for road workers, including a requirement for the use of concrete barriers, additional traffic control from Michigan State Police or local authorities and an end to regulations that allow for night work.

Sada and Rose were longtime friends - both attending Everett High School in Lansing - before Sada helped Rose get a job at C&D Hughes Inc. after he returned from four years of military service.

Musselman was scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 6. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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