Teen Charged in Accident That Killed His Passenger

An 18-year-old Clinton Township man faces two 15-year felonies from the June 22 crash that claimed his 21-year-old passenger's life in Harrison Township.

An 18-year-old Clinton Township man was arraigned Monday on two felony charges stemming from a that claimed his passenger's life.

Gavin Enright was charged in 41B District Court with first-degree fleeing and eluding and operating while intoxicated causing death. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment upon conviction. Enright was held in lieu of a $150,000 bond, according to the Macomb County Sheriff's Office.

In the early Friday morning hours, police say Enright's father contacted the Sheriff's Office to report his son was driving a 1999 GMC Yukon without a license. Police found the SUV moving slowly without lights on around 3:10 a.m. in Harrison Township. When deputies attempted to pull over the Yukon, Enright sped up and tried to get onto Interstate 94 from the Metro Parkway ramp, the Sheriff's Office said.

He then lost control of the SUV, causing it to roll over multiple times. The crash killed 21-year-old passenger Donald Smelser-Emerson of Harrison Township, police said.

Deputies are continuing their investigation.

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Dorothy Bade June 25, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Who is this girl?
Lilly June 26, 2012 at 12:45 AM
He was wrong BUT stop these high speed chases cause it seems that innocent people are the ones that end up DEAD ..Such a terrible shame for all. Prayers to the families.
walden schmidt June 26, 2012 at 01:04 AM
What happened to personal responsibility? He was intoxicated, could have stopped but decided not to and could have caused a lot more harm, had he entered I-94. Where was the high-speed chase? The speed limit on Metro Parkway is 55 mph, the advisory speed limit for the entrance ramp is 30 mph, it doesn't take much more than that speed to roll a Yukon.
Don June 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM
I knew both these guys. Gavin was just released from Juvenile Detention not more than a week ago. Two days out of "juvee" he was pulled over while driving without lights and the smell of pot smoke in his Yukon. He got jailed and bonded out by his dad. He was already awaiting court on that. Two days later, this happens. I was extremely close to Donald...and Gavin killed him in effect. Gavin's father is beside himself and lives just fifty feet away from me. Donald's father came by and told Gavin's father that he does not hold any anger toward anyone and that he just wanted to understand more about Gavin and why this all ended up the way it did. One life lost, and another life permanently ruined. What upsets Gavin's father the most is he told the State and County mental health folks that Gavin's brain was not "wired right" and has always been a troubled youth. I found about Donald's death just yesterday. What is screwed up is I spent the night with Donald not more than several days ago. This stuff messes with your head. Donald was a potential future significant other for me, but his family does not know about me. He was very much on the DL and just starting to come out. I am keeping my distance from his family until this has time and then I will approach his father and introduce myself. Thanks Gavin, for killing my boyfriend.
Kristine Cummings-Paula June 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM
DON......Your "story" is pathetic and you need to stay away from Donalds' dad and family! How dare you write this garbage......("future potential significant other??? ""WHERE did you come up with that one???) The ONLY intelligent thing you said was you were keeping your distance from his family....and your "distance" should be forever!! IF Donald meant that much to you honor his memory and keep your mouth shut. IF what you say is true Donald didn't want his dad to know about you!!! STOP being so self absorbed and GROW UP......


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