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Woman arraigned for crash that killed 2 construction workers on I-94

Posted at 6:22 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 18:22:36-05

YPSILANTI TWP, Mich. (WXYZ) —  A woman who police say crashed into two construction workers in Ypsilanti Township is facing charges of operating while intoxicated causing death.

The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office says that Ryann Danielle Musselman, 29, of Belleville, is charged with two counts of operating while intoxicated causing death. The charges are felonies carrying a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

She was arraigned in front of Magistrate Elisha Fink and represented by Attorney Dale Smith. Her bond was set at $10,000 cash. Her next hearing is scheduled for December 17.

Dayvon Rose and Nick Sada from Lansing are the men killed. Family members tell 7 Action News they are 23-years-old and have known each other since middle school.

At 1:06 a.m. on Saturday, November 7 Rose posted on Facebook. “Hope all my drunk friends and family make it home safe tonight.”

Thirty-four minutes later Michigan State Police say as Rose and Sada worked in the construction zone at I-94 and Harris in Ypsilanti Township a drunk driver crashed into them.

“Who wants to come work in our work zones when the price you pay is your life?” said Rob Coppersmith, the Vice President of Membership Services for Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.

Coppersmith says he spent the morning at the construction company where these two young men worked. Workers want more done to protect them.

MDOT says five construction workers, including these two men, have been killed on Michigan highways this year.

“Some of the remedies might be unpleasant to people who are driving on the highways,” said Coppersmith.

Coppersmith says his organization is talking with policymakers about more traffic enforcement, cameras in work zones, or changes that would potentially negatively impact traffic, but give construction workers more space.

“How do you get people through safe and how do you get them through without a lot of inconvenience? That is how wed end up on night jobs,” said Coppersmith. “Good things don’t happen at night.”