Man charged in deadly wrong way crash on US-23
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:27:19 GMT —
The man that police say was responsible for the death of one woman and the injury of two other people after going the wrong-way on US-23 has been arraigned.
18-year-old Zachary Parker was charged with 8 total counts, including second degree murder, manslaughter, operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death, and reckless driving causing death.
Police say that Parker and others, also underage, began drinking whiskey shots at around 7 pm at the Boulder Creek Apartments on February 19th. Parker left at around 10 that night.
A witness saw a while, Chevrolet Impala westbound on Grand Blanc Road make a wide turn heading south onto the northbound US-23 ramp.
911 then began to receive multiple calls about an Impala driving south on northbound US-23.
At 10:15 that night, a call came into 911 reporting a head-on crash on US-23.
Police on the scene said they found the Impala and identified Parker as the driver. The vehicle that police say was struck by the Impala was a Chevrolet Cobalt. In the Cobalt were Bryan Collins, a 28-year-old man from South Carolina, Mariah Bailey, a 36-year-old from Mount Morris, and her 11-year-old son.
Bailey, who was newly married to Collins, was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to police, toxicology reports showed Parker with a blood-alcohol level of .197, which is more than twice the legal limit.
The second degree murder charge has a penalty as high as life in prison. The manslaughter charge can be up to 15 years in prison.
"Drunk driving is a serious crime," said Prosecutor Leyton. "This is a harsh example of just how serious a crime it can be. An innocent victimâ??s life is taken and two other individuals have been badly injured. A man has lost his bride and a boy has lost his mother," he said.
Parker was arraigned in 67th District Court this afternoon.