Charges filed in deadly accident involving motorcyclist in Chesterfield Township

Posted at 6:35 PM, Oct 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-31 18:35:48-04

The Macomb County Prosecutor's Office announced charges Monday against a driver allegedly responsible for a deadly crash.

It happened on July 23. Investigators say a motorcyclist pulled up for a red light at Gratiot and 22 Mile in Chesterfield Township. A distracted driver in a Pontiac G6 then hit him full-speed from the rear.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith charged Amy Joyce DeLeon of New Haven, the alleged driver of the Pontiac, with Moving Violation Causing Death, a one-year misdemeanor.

The victim, James Weir of Lexington, died from injuries sustained in the crash. Weir was operating a Harley Davidson and was wearing a crash helmet at the time of the incident.

His family members tell 7 Action News he was a Vietnam Veteran who received a Purple Heart. He loved doing charity work for law enforcement and veterans. He was on his way to a charity event when the crash happened.

"This case is a grim reminder of our main duty on the roadway: to remain alert and aware of what's happening around us," said Prosecutor Smith in a press release. "We owe it to our children and families, and to the families of others, to always focus our full attention on the road before us."