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Mother of driver speaks out after accident that kills 5

Stephanie Lee Allen, mother of Matthew Carrier, the young man from Fenton who police said caused a crash that killed five spoke out about the accident. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FENTON, Mich. - The mother of Matthew Carrier, the young man from Fenton who police said caused a crash that killed five spoke out about the accident.

State officials said 22-year-old Matthew Carrier's license was suspended due to unpaid tickets and a poor driving record.

According to police, he was the one who blew through a stop sign on M-59 in Oceola Township, slamming into another vehicle.

In all there were five deaths and three hospitalized, leaving family and friends devastated.

Stephanie Lee Allen, the mother of Matthew, said she fell to her knees in disbelief when she first found out.

"If he does survive and he gets a prison sentence, I believe that's appropriate," she said.

Even with all that happened, Stephanie said it's important to remember that everyone makes mistakes. She said he was a good person with a good heart.

"I know I can't really eat or sleep," she said. "I feel like I'm going to vomit and I know I'm not the only one going through these feelings... these emotions."

Not only does she feel sorry for her son, she said she feels sorry for all affected.

"My prayers are out to you," Stephanie said. "I'm truly sorry for the people who died and their friends and family.... I really, really wish I could take everybody's pain away."

Stephanie said Matthew still sits in the hospital with a long list of injuries.

"He has broken, femur, a broken hip, a broken wrist, lacerated testicle, punctured lung," she said.

She said he is in lots of pain and has no clue as to what happened, still working to make a full recovery.

Police said they are still investigating the crash and hope to talk to Matthew when he is more responsive.

The other victims from Fenton were Kyle Lixie, who is still listed in critical condition, as well as Justin Henderson and Preston Wetzel, who did not survive the crash.

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