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Township trustee hurt by alleged drunk driver released from hospital

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A man has been charged, accused of driving drunk and critically injuring a Hampton Township trustee who was riding on a motorcycle.

Police were called to Center and Finn roads in Bay County’s Hampton Township about 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 5.

Investigators said Steve Wilson, 38, from Essexville was driving a minivan on Center when he attempted to turn onto Finn.

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That’s when he hit Tom Foret who was riding his motorcycle, said  Lt. Michael Wedding with the Hampton Township Police Department

Foret, who is currently a Hampton Township trustee and was formerly a Hampton Township supervisor, was critically hurt. He was taken to St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw.

Foret suffered injuries to his lungs, sternum, ribs, pelvis, and ankle. He was released from the hospital in late August.

This is Wilson’s fourth drunken driving offense and he does not have a valid driver’s license, Wedding said.

Wedding also confirmed a Breathalyzer test done at the scene showed Wilson had a blood alcohol level of .17.

Foret was wearing a helmet.

Hampton Township Clerk Pam Wright has worked with Foret for more than 20 years.

"Tom is a great guy. Tom wears his heart on his sleeve and will give anybody anything they ask for. He's just a good guy," Wright said.

As Foret recovers, the business in the township he has served for decades literally stopped in his absence as his colleagues held a moment of silence Monday night.

Wright said Foret's situation hits close to home and is a reminder of how precious life is.

"You realize your mortality and just how fast things can happen. It makes everyone take a little inventory on their own lives," Wright said.

Wright and the rest of Foret's coworkers are praying for him and hope he is back at work before too long.

"Tomorrow, I know that's impossible. If I know Tom, he's a fighter and it won't be long," Wright said.

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