7 Action News has learned Andre-A Shantay-Nemo-Se Edwards, the woman police say was driving the SUV that hit and killed tow truck driver Nader Chehadi, has a driving history with several violations.
According to MI Secretary of State, the driving troubles go back to 2009. We're told she did not have a full driver's license, but instead, a temporary instruction permit. Her record shows multiple alcohol related suspensions and 3 convictions for drinking and driving. Prior to Tuesday's crash, her driving rights had been revoked and wasn't up for review until 2023.
"It's unfortunate she was on the road.. that it even happened," says Billy Salamey, owner of Budget Towing where Chehadi worked. He's also related to him.
Thursday morning, loved ones and even those who'd never met Chehadi, gathered at the Islamic Institute of America for his funeral.
Joel Ballor, president of the Michigan Towing Association, says a tow truck driver is killed almost once a week across the country. Ballor believes Chehadi's funeral is the 4th tow truck driver funeral he's attended in Michigan in the last 4 years.
He hopes this tragedy serves as a reminder to drivers about being safe on the road.
"Understand that we are working within inches of tragedy every day on the white line. Respect the lights and move over," he says.
As for the investigation into Tuesday's deadly crash, Michigan State Police say they are still looking into what happened. They are waiting for toxicology reports to determine if alcohol or drugs played a role. We're told Edwards remains in the hospital. There have been no updates provided for her adult passenger or Edwards' 3 young children who were also injured in the crash.