POLICE: Man Tried To Get Lawnmower By Faking Death Story

Authorities say a Michigan man tried get a business owner to give him a free lawn mower by pretending to be the father of a girl killed in a crash.

David Randazzo of Roseville has been charged with a false pretenses count.

Four youths ages 15 to 19 were killed March 16 when their car was crushed by a van in Roseville, near Detroit. Police say the van driver's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, and she has been charged with murder.

Clinton Township police Detective Capt. Richard Maierle says Randazzo, age 53, tried to get the mower from a lawn equipment business. The owner called police because he knew a fund for the victims' families had been set up.

A message was left Thursday at a telephone listing for Randazzo.

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