Tragedy barely averted
by Jim Boyle
Dave and Nicki Bourgeois loaded their four kids into the family’s 2007 Chrysler minivan last Saturday and headed out to run an errand and grab a bite to eat.
It was a common practice for the Zimmerman family. This particular trip, however, nearly turned tragic.
Nicki was driving east on Fremont Avenue when a black 2000 Lincoln LS on her horizon was headed west — in the eastbound lane — on the same road.
Dave recalls her saying something like: “What is this person doing?”
The 33-year-old Zimmerman woman doesn’t remember that but she does remember thinking the driver must be passing other vehicles, but to her horror it became apparent that this car hurtling toward her and her family was not changing into the proper lane.
“Talk about your whole life and family flash before your eyes,” the wife and mother of four children said. “I don’t even know what I was thinking right before the crash. I just knew I was not moving fast enough (to get out of the way of the oncoming vehicle).”
Jaclynn Borris’ Lincoln slammed into the driver’s side of the Bourgeois van where her daughter, Allison, 8, was seated in the back of the van.
Borris’ car ricocheted off the minivan and struck a 2004 GMC Yukon driven by Mark McDonald, 39, of Princeton.
Borris was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. The 19-year-old Farmington woman spent the night there and was released the following day, according to a hospital spokesperson.
No one else in the accident was injured.
That includes Dave, a volunteer firefighter for the Zimmerman Fire Department, his wife Nicki and the Bourgeois’ children Landen, 18 months; Brendan, 5; Cayden, 3; and Allison.
Police were called at 11:27 a.m. March 19 to the collision in the 13400 block of Fremont Avenue.
Charges, if any, will depend on toxicology test results, according to Sheriff Joel Brott.
The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Zimmerman/Livonia Fire Department, North Ambulance and North Air Care.
Nicki says she and her family are still sore from the accident and dealing with emotional aftereffects.
“The anger is incredible,” she said. “I know I need to let go of it.”