Woman sentenced in distracted driving fatality

10 months to 15 years for Dearborn man’s death

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Maya Baydoun was sentenced to 10 months to 15 years in prison for a distracted driving crash that killed Mohamad Abdel-Hak.

After a three-week jury trial Baydoun, 27, was found guilty Aug. 2 on charges of reckless driving causing death and moving violation causing death, and then sentenced by Third Circuit Court Judge Shannon Walker on Aug. 24.

Abdel-Hak’s son Hassan Abdel-Hak said a statement read by his brother regarding the incident addressed the issue of distracted driving and those who drive distracted should be accountable for their actions.

Hassan Abdel-Hak said following the sentencing Baydoun’s family exited the courtroom first followed by the Abdel-Hak family, when Baydoun’s relatives yelled statements in Arabic.

The initial incident took place on Dec. 28 when Mohamad Abdel-Hak was riding his motorized bike about 2:30 p.m. on Chase Road at Hemlock.

He crossed the intersection when he was hit by Baydoun who ran the red light while she was on her cellphone. Mohamad Abdel-Hak was killed as a result of the collision.

Multiple witnesses and surveillance video showed Baydoun was distracted when she stuck Mohamad Abdel-Hak.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)