Pretrial set for Grosse Ile woman; victim’s family thanks community

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Beth Lynn Hanna (left) stands with her attorney as she waives her right to a preliminary examination of the evidence her Thursday. She is charged with operating a vehicle under the influence or while impaired by liquor causing serious injury after she reportedly hit Corey Maxey, who was refueling his car on Sibley Road in Riverview, Jan. 15. Her pretrial is set for 9 a.m. Feb 13 in Wayne County Circuit Court.

‘I think the hardest part of this is not being able to talk to him and that he cannot spend time with Cooper. He is my husband, yes, but he is also my best friend and the only family I really have. It is hard seeing him like this and not being able to fix it.’
— Laura Maxey

By GABRIEL GOODWIN
Sunday Times Newspapers

RIVERVIEW — The 57-year-old woman charged with hitting a man refueling his car on Sibley Road waived her right for a preliminary examination of the evidence her Thursday and was bound over to Wayne County Circuit Court.

Beth Lynn Hanna was arraigned Jan. 17 in 27th District Court on charges of operating under the influence or while impaired by liquor causing serious injury. Since she waived her rights to the exam, no testimony was given and her pretrial was set for 9 a.m. Feb. 13.

Hanna’s attorney requested she be put on an alcohol tether as part of her bond, instead of the mandatory, daily preliminary breath tests at the Wyandotte Police Department.

District Judge Randy Kalmbach granted use of the tether, but upheld the other conditions of her bond — the inability to leave the state or drive a vehicle without an equipped ignition interlock device. Court documents also said Hanna cannot purchase, possess or consume alcohol or controlled substances while on bond.

Hanna reportedly struck 35-year-old Corey Maxey about 9:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Maxey’s wife, Laura Maxey, said the couple, a friend and their 10-day-old son, Cooper, were on their way home after spending their first day out of the house together since Cooper’s birth.

She said they were about two minutes from their house when their car ran out of gas and the incident occurred. The vehicle was on the shoulder of Sibley Road with the hazard lights on, she said, when Hanna’s vehicle struck Corey Maxey.

He was taken to Southshore Medical Center in Trenton, Laura Maxey said, but he was transferred to Detroit Receiving Hospital because of the extent of his injuries. She said he is still in critical but stable condition.

“His condition has gotten better, and he is considered minimally responsive, which is a step up from a coma,” Laura Maxey said. “All his vitals have stabilized and he is able to do some things on command. He has been able to start opening his eyes.”

Corey Maxey works as a tattoo artist, under the name Keys, at the Ink Addiction tattoo parlor in Garden City, while Laura Maxey worked at Speedway, 18799 Fort St., until she took maternity leave. Laura Maxey said she is not able to work until March and her focus is not on how to make ends meet, but the health and recovery of her husband.

“Our money is tight, but I can make that work,” she said. “I can’t make the rest of my life work without Corey. I think the hardest part of this is not being able to talk to him and that he cannot spend time with Cooper. He is my husband, yes, but he is also my best friend and the only family I really have. It is hard seeing him like this and not being able to fix it.”

She said they were excited about the birth of Cooper because he gave their lives new hope and they were looking forward to a family of their own. Since the accident, Corey Maxey’s parents, Don and Sue Maxey – and Laura’s longtime friend have been helping with household responsibilities and caring for Cooper.

The family is planning a Feb. 22 benefit at Road Rangers, 23925 Goddard Road in Taylor. They are also in the process setting up a benefit fund through Fifth Third Bank.

The two Ink Addiction tattoo locations, 30960 Ford Road in Garden City and 11607 Telegraph Road in Taylor, will collect donations from anyone who would like to give to the family. Don and Sue Maxey are planning to set up a donation site at the First Baptist Church of Riverview, 18050 Quarry Road, where Don was a pastor for 15 years.

Sue Maxey said the family is “simply requesting prayers for their son’s recovery and that everyone drive safely and responsibly.” Both parents said the family has received “an outpouring of love” from a lot of people in the community.

“Everyone has been so wonderful and so supportive to us through this experience. We appreciate the community coming together for us,” Sue Maxey said. “The compassion of the staff at Detroit Receiving Hospital and the efforts of the Riverview Police Department have made this situation a lot easier for us to handle.”

Anyone who would like to give their support to Laura Maxey or the family can contact her through Facebook by searching Laura Lee Maxey or going to www.facebook.com/laura.maxey.18?fref=ts.

(Gabriel Goodwin can be reached at ggoodwin@bewickpublications.com.)

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