Decision on Charges in Fatal Crash Awaiting Further Tests

July 11, 2014

Decision on Charges in Fatal Crash Awaiting Further Tests

7/11/14 - A decision on whether or not charges will be filed in a fatal Howell Township crash earlier this year remains on hold. Earlier this month, Livingston County Sheriff’s officials confirmed that toxicology reports indicated a Brighton woman was over the legal limit for driving at the time of a head-on crash that claimed the life of a woman’s unborn baby. The accident happened May 7th on M-59 near Durant Road in Howell Township. A 34-year-old Brighton woman in a Chevy Malibu was traveling westbound in an eastbound lane of M-59 when she struck a Saturn driven by a 29-year-old Howell woman. Initial testing on the Brighton woman, who was deemed the at-fault driver, came back positive for alcohol, to the extent that she was legally drunk at the time of the crash. Livingston County Prosecutor Bill Vailliencourt says his office is awaiting additional medical reports before deciding on charges in the case. Both women suffered significant injuries as a result of the crash. The at-fault Brighton woman was taken by Survival Flight to the University of Michigan Hospital. The Howell woman, who was seven months pregnant at the time of the crash, was also hospitalized. She ultimately lost her child.

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