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Man suspected of driving while high charged in crash that killed 15-year-old

Posted at 1:03 PM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 18:38:31-05

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — A man suspected of driving while high has been charged in a crash that killed a 15-year-old Shelby Township boy last month.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith charged the suspect with one count of operating under the influence of drugs causing death, a 15-year felony.

They alleged that the suspect was driving his vehicle at night down 25 Mile west of Hayes. The road was closed to traffic due to construction, and police suspect him of driving while under the influence of marijuana.

The 15-year-old and his friend were walked west on 25 Mile, where no vehicles should have been driving, at the time of the accident.

“It is critical the public grasps the dangers of using marijuana prior to getting behind a wheel of a car. This is the type of devastation it can cause," Smith said in a news release.

According to Smith, the suspect had nine nanograms of THC in his system, which is a high limit and showed active THC in the suspect's system.

The suspect was arraigned in court on Thursday afternoon.