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>> cover story
with a portrait
of the family
he lost six
The car crash that killed his family
shattered Gary Weinstein's world
... yet he lives each day with
passion and presence.
Ronelle Grier I Contributing Writer
he day began like any other. A Tuesday in early May. Gary
Weinstein kissed his wife, Judy, and their two sons, Sam,
9, and Alex, 12, goodbye and headed off to work. Judy was
planning to pick the boys up later for a 3:45 appointment with
their orthodontist. An ordinary day.
Then the unthinkable happened. A Yukon Denali SUV, traveling
down 12 Mile Road at 70 miles per hour, slammed into the back of
Judy's red Honda Accord waiting to make a left turn into the park-
ing lot of the orthodontist. Judy, 49, and Alex were killed instantly.
Sam was thrown from the car and taken to Royal Oak Beaumont
Hospital, where he died soon after his arrival.
The driver of the Denali, Thomas Wellinger, was taken to the
same hospital, where testing revealed that his blood alcohol level
was .43, more than the five times the state legal limit for operating
Within hours, the news ricocheted through the community.
Every local news station, as well as some national broadcasts, car-
ried the story of the mother and two young sons whose lives were
ended so abruptly on an otherwise routine afternoon. Wellinger
was arrested and subsequently convicted of three counts of
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brings his grit and
growl to the Joe.
1942 - 2011
Abrams talks of his Jewish
STORY ON PAGE 38
roots and his wild side.