Please help Josh and his daughter

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Raised by 39 people in 11 months
Created August 4, 2017
In the early morning of October 12th 2016 Joshua Alexander, a fully licensed AZ truck driver working for Moe's Transport out of Windsor Ontario, was driving his tractor trailer along Michigans Interstate 94 East, making his way back home to Canada after another run South of the border. Josh has done this run on a number of occasions without issue and as far as he knew this time was no different. Being a safe and conscientious  driver Josh pulled over and shut his rig down at mile marker 66 to get some rest prior to arriving at the border. After approximately 30 minutes Josh was awakened by the lights of a State Police car behind his truck and the officer at his side door. He was questioned about a fatal motorcycle accident that had taken place approximately 6 miles behind where he was asleep and then asked to follow the Sherriff to the nearest truck stop where he was questioned for many hours during which he had his vehicle inspected for signs of an accident. It was during this inspection that the police found what looked to be blood and scratches on the tractor, regardless the vehicle was not seized and Josh and his tractor and trailer where set free to return to Canada pending the outcome of the investigation, which later revealed that the blood was animal and not human and that the paint in the scratches did not match that of the paint at the accident scene. 

Now, one would think that this would be the end of the matter but instead this is when Josh, a single father with sole custody of a young daughter, has his nightmare start. The State Police would not declare that Josh was not at fault and instead continued to pursue charges against him so he had to start searching for a good lawyer in the US to take his case and luckily found Mr. Roy Transit. A court date was set in January 2017 and as Josh was crossing the border to attend the hearing he was arrested for failing to remain at the scene of a fatal accident and detained for many hours until his his lawyer, Roy Transit, could bail him out at a cost of $5,000 US.

Then there was a preliminary examination in which the US District Court Judge determined that Josh may be a flight risk and levied a $100,000 US bond against him in which he had to immediately pay $10,000US in cash and had to put his house up as collateral for a surety bond. It must be noted that this same District Court Judge was formerly the prosecutor who released Josh's truck and trailer without impounding it as evidence when he had the chance to do so, possibly ending the matter at that time. Instead, now there is a pre trial date set for August 17 with a trial date set for the week of August 25 with a fear that it could last as long as 10 days.
Josh's lawyer feels very confident that he can successfully argue Josh's case however it won't be without jumping through all the hoops and at a huge expense to this young single father who wants nothing more than his life to get back to normal and enjoy his time with his daughter and not having thiscloud hanging over his head.

To date Josh has been able to meet the financial burden by unfortunately having to use the savings he had set aside to assure that his young daughters needs were met. He has thankfully also received assistance from his employer, Moe's Transport as well as being assured by his Union, Teamsters Local 879, that any shortfalls would be dealt with following what's hoped will be a full exoneration of all charges against him.

However, successfully defending Josh will not be cheap. His attorny will be utilizing the assistance of an individual who is an expert witness when it comes to matters dealing with onboard vehicle GPS Systems and intends to prove that Josh's vehicle was actually not at the scene of the accident when it was suggested he was and instead will prove that Josh's truck was parked on the shoulder of Intersate 94 at 6:02 am and that the accident happened at 6:13am, 6 miles back from where Josh was parked sleeping. This expert is crucial to the case but comes at a cost. Josh has already paid a $3,500 US retainer for the professional with a view of it increasing to as much as $12,000 US by the time the trial is over. And then there is the cost of paying for his US Attorny, all the time off work he will have to take, accommodations during the trial, food and related expenses for what could be a 10 day trial and a 2 day pre trial, most of which will be in US Dollars.
It is expected that the total bill for Josh is expected to be as much as $70,000 CDN by the time this is all over and done with and this is for a case, that as said previously, should have never ever reached this point. 

Therfore, we are pleading with all of Josh's family, friends, co-workers, Union Sisters and Brothers and all you truck drivers out there that know what it's like to live on the highway and how something like what's happening to Josh could easily happen to someone else, to please please please see fit to donate anything that you can to Josh's Legal Expense Fund. Should you not want to donate through the Go Fund Me page and wish instead to make a cheque out directly to Josh please contact me at jmccann@teamsters879.ca for details.
All donations are greatly appreciated and I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to read this page and hope you can see fit to help out.

Thanking all of you in advance,
John McCann
President
Teamsters Local Union No. 879
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Good evening everyone. After months and months of legal battles trying to prove his innocence and with a lengthy and costly trial date looming in small town USA, where who knows what could have happened, Josh Alexander finally received the news he's been praying for. It gives me great pleasure to report that all charges against Josh have been dropped and he is free!!!
He received an official notice from the State of Michigan's 7th Judicial District, 36th Judicial Curcuit Court that as of August 17th, 2017 all charges against him have been dropped. The notice officially states that "Kirk A. Metzger, prosecuting official, moves for a nolle prosequi in this case for the following reasons, case dismissed, after further investigation the People no longer believe the charge can be proven against the Defendant beyond a reasonable doubt...Motion for nolle prosequi is granted and the case is dismissed without prejudice." Congratulations Josh for sticking with it and not giving in to the Prosecutions pressure to take a plea bargain when all the while you knew you where innocent. Also, congratulations to Josh's amazing legal counsel, Roy Transit, for continuing to push for more information regarding the case. A major piece of evidence against Josh was an alleged witness who claimed they saw the accident and that it indeed involved Josh's vehicle. However, thanks to Roy's relentless investigative work he was able to determine that there was a second person in the vehicle, with the star witness, on that fateful day and miraculously that person finally came forward stating that they did not witness the accident as was previously said. This was the smoking gun needed for Roy to work his magic which resulted in Josh being vindicated.
Josh and his beautiful daughter Kenadee want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support in this most stressful of times. He is amazed at the support of his family, friends, his union family, employer and co-workers. This was the lowest point in Josh's life and each and every one of you need to know that your support helped them get through it.
I would like to thank Go Fund Me for giving us the conduit to get the word out into the public forum. I would like to thank everyone who donated through Go Fund Me and through personal cheques to Teamsters Local Union 879. Monies and cheques are still coming in but I believe we have raised in the neighbourhood of $20,000, with a major donation of $5,000 coming in from Teamsters Canada, with a matching $5,000 from Teamsters Local Union 879, and Verspeeten Cartage/Moe's Transport kicking it all off with an initial contribution of $5,000 US to bail Josh out of jail. All that being said, Josh is still facing a huge out of pocket legal bill which is currently sitting at $66,695.05 US (and counting). This Go Fund Me page will only remain active until September 5th, so I would like to put one more plead out there for everyone's assistance to try and at least get to the 50% mark of what Josh owes,
SO, i urge everyone to please share this with as many people as possible to try and get to that mark before the September 5th closing date.
Once again, on behalf of Josh and Kenadee, thank you thank you thank you to everyone for all you've done.
John McCann on behalf of Josh and Kenadee.
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On behalf of Josh and his daughter Kenadee i would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the donations and very kind words of encouragement, it means more than you can imagine. Also, please don't get discouraged when you look at the grand total on the Go Fund Me page because there has been numerous calls from Sister Teamster Local Unions across Canada confirming that they have either approved, or while be discussing the approval at their next executive board, donations in the form of cheques which will be sent directly to me at Teamsters Local 879 to be held in trust for Josh.
I have been in constant communication with Josh and he is amazed at the outpouring he's receiving from everyone.
It would be greatly appreciated if everyone could please forward this page to all of your contacts and to post on as many social media sites as possible. The more we reach out to, the greater the chance for future donations.
You have made a very tough situation bareable. Thank you all.
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I want to say a big thank you to those who have donated, much appreciated. And if I could ask everyone to please forward the request to others and distribute on social media it would be greatly appreciated. John.
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