Suspect charged in fatal drag-race crash in Warren

Posted at 7:16 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 19:18:01-05

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) — A 24-year-old man has been charged in the death of an innocent woman after he allegedly crashed into her vehicle while drag racing on Mound Road in Warren in November 2018.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith announced the charges on Tuesday. The suspect is charged with three counts of criminal conduct that include homicide, murder in the second degree; reckless driving causing death; and drag racing.

Police say the alleged suspect was driving a 2017 yellow Dodge Challenger when he took off at an extremely high rate of speed from a traffic light. He was racing against a white Dodge Challenger, which was in the lane beside the suspect. The white vehicle stopped at a red light at 9 Mile and Mound road, while the suspect sped through the intersection, slamming into a blue Dodge Dart that was being driven by the victim.

The woman eventually succumbed to her injuries and died two week after the crash.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim during this difficult time," Prosecutor Smith said. “This preventable tragedy came at the hands of the suspect, who blew through a red light, traveling at speeds exceeding 75 mph. The defendant’s actions were clearly a willful disregard of the safety of other drivers’ lives.”

The suspect is currently in custody and will be arraigned in 37th District Court in Warren on Feb. 27.