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Marshall woman arraigned on OWI causing death of two people in Battle Creek crash

Johanna Yvette Willis, 32, was arraigned Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, on charges of operating while intoxicated causing death. (Contributed)

The driver of a vehicle in a fatal, two-car crash in September was arraigned Wednesday on charges of operating while intoxicated causing the death of two people.

Johanna Willis, 33, of Marshall, Michigan, was arraigned in Calhoun County District Court in Battle Creek. Her bond was set at $5,000. She was arraigned on three charges, one of driving under the influence, and two counts of driving under the influence causing death. If convicted, she faces penalties of up to 15 years in prison and fines up to 10,000 on each charge.

The crash occurred Sept. 28, at the intersection of Riverside Drive and East Columbia Avenue in Battle Creek, about 9 p.m.

Willis was traveling eastbound on Columbia Avenue when her vehicle collided with another car heading northbound on Riverside Drive. The second car was driven by a 41-year-old male, with a 56-year-old female passenger, and was attempting to turn west onto Columbia. The male driver was airlifted from the scene in critical condition, and later died. His female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.


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