Metro Detroit officer accused of speeding in marked car before fatal crash

Posted at 8:51 AM, Nov 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-13 17:27:32-05

A Dearborn Heights police officer was arraigned on charges today following a January crash that left one person dead. 

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Larry A. Little, 32, with Reckless Driving Causing Death. 

Little is accused of speeding in a marked police car before crashing into a vehicle driven by Timothy Lee Turner, 59, of Wixom on January 1, 2017.

Turner died from his injuries. 

A preliminary exam for Little is scheduled for November 20. 

The charge has a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. 

Former Detroit Chief Isaiah McKinnon said police are not immune to traffic laws - and the law says when proceeding past intersections, lights and sirens must be on. 

"Let's say someone is hearing impaired, they can't hear the siren," he said. "Certainly, they're not going to drive if they're blind or anything like that, but you have to obey the traffic laws as anyone else does."

Turner's family is suing in civil court for more than $25,000 in damages.