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'I just want him home." Woman mourns husband after deadly I-275 crash in Canton

Posted at 10:36 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 23:12:06-04

CANTON, Mich. (WXYZ) — A widow is reeling after the love of her life was killed in a multiple vehicle crash last week.

"It's not fair," Laura Austin, widow of Darnell Austin, said. "He's not coming home."

The couple was married for 33 years.

Darnell, 60, was driving on I-275 near the Ecorse exit when his vehicle was struck from behind and flipped.

Authorities said another driver who was traveling at a high rate of speed struck Austin's truck.

The driver, identified as 54-year-old James Hatcher, was working for the rideshare company Lyft. Hatcher is now facing a charge for drunk driving and causing death.

Authorities say Hatcher failed multiple field sobriety tests.

Lyft released the following statement about the incident:

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic event, and our hearts are with the victim’s family and friends during this difficult time. The driver has been permanently removed from our community, and we stand ready to assist law enforcement as needed."

On Monday, friends and family will say their final goodbyes at a memorial service.