Expected charges delayed for driver in fatal crash

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ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Investigators are still putting the pieces together in a fatal Allegan County crash over the weekend.

A 20-year-old driver was arrested after that crash, her backseat passenger was killed.

Deputies say that 15-year-old Alexis Brown-Johnson was killed on Sunday when she was thrown from the backseat. Two women, 17 and 19 years old, also suffered minor injuries.

Deputies say a 20-year-old driver from Grand Rapids lost control of the car near Wayland on US-131, slid off the highway and into a ditch where it rolled onto its roof.

The Allegan County Sheriff says the car rolled anywhere from 50 to 60 yards, landing on a dirt road that travels parallel to the highway. Authorities believe that driver was drunk, but are waiting for blood work to learn more.

“Right now our understanding is, from the initial part of the investigation, that when the vehicle was rolling over, one of the backseat passengers was the fifteen-year-old and she was not restrained, and as a result of that was thrown from the vehicle and as a result of the injury she sustained, she passed away,” said Allegan County Sheriff Frank Baker.

The driver was expected to be charged on Monday, but the prosecutor sent the case back to the Sheriff’s Department for more information. The driver is now expected to be charged on Tuesday afternoon.

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