YPSILANTI, Mich. (WJBK) - The woman accused of hitting and killing a tow truck driver while he was working on a disabled bus on I-94, had her licensed revoked several times and has a long history of alcohol convictions including drunk driving, according to state records.
On Thursday, men and women from across Michigan pulled their rigs into Dearborn Heights to show their support for Nader Chehadi. He was killed Tuesday while working on a school bus on I-94 near Ann Arbor.
According to documents obtained by FOX 2, the woman allegedly responsible, 25-year-old Andre Shantay Edwards, had her license revoked twice since 2009. The most recent time was for having three or more alcohol-related convictions in ten years.
Edwards also has possession of alcohol charges as a minor and several suspensions. She was even cited for drunk driving, joy riding and was in an accident this year.
Despite all of that, police said the unlicensed driver was behind the while when she plowed into the bus with her three kids, all under 5, were not strapped into their seatbelts in the back seat.
The tow truck family came out in full force on Thursday.
Chehadi was only 42-years-old and was father to 2-year-old Kiki and 5-year-old Danny.
"They have no idea what's going on.They keep asking I want my daddy. His son came home and says 'when dad comes home, we're going to cut the grass, me and him' and I go 'ok do you want me to help you?' And he says 'no my daddy's a good man, he's a strong man. He can do it himself," Rajaa Salamey said.
The crash is still under investigation and police are unsure if alcohol was a factor.
Chehadi's cousin, Ali Aoude, said every day is a risk in this job but he was excited to drive that day.
"It's just risky every time you go out there. Hoping you can come home at the end of your shift. Unfortunately he couldn't come home. He was so happy that morning," Ali said. "This is brand new. First time it ever went out on the road - (that was) the first call it ever did."
Ali hopes this can be a reminder to all drivers to slow down for these men and women risking their lives.
"Move over a lane or slow down. Somebody be could under that vehicle. Somebody could be changing a tire on the other side or something. And we're all trying make it home."