Macomb County jail death: David Stojcevski suffered drug withdrawl after sentence for careless driving fine.

Michigan Man Jailed Over Traffic Fine Suffers 17 Days of Untreated Drug Withdrawal, Dies

Michigan Man Jailed Over Traffic Fine Suffers 17 Days of Untreated Drug Withdrawal, Dies

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Sept. 24 2015 3:03 PM

Michigan Man Jailed Over Traffic Fine Suffers 17 Days of Untreated Drug Withdrawal, Dies Naked on Cell Floor

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David Stojcevski was 32.

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Via Reason, a truly upsetting story out of Macomb County, Michigan, as reported by TV station WDIV: A 32-year-old man named David Stojcevski, jailed for failing to pay a $772 traffic fine, suffered 17 days of drug withdrawal and died in full view of a surveillance camera as guards made no apparent effort to help or treat him until he stopped moving after having laid naked on the floor of his cell for 48 hours.

Drug withdrawal was Stojcevski's official cause of death; WDIV says that before he was jailed, he was taking prescription Methadone, Xanax, and Klonopin to help treat drug addiction.

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Macomb County authorities told the station that the lawsuit subsequently filed by Stojcevski's family has no merit and that they will not pay to settle it.

The offense for which Stojcevski was originally fined was "careless driving."