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Woman charged with reckless driving after fatal crash in Washington Township

WASHINGTON TWP., Mich (WXYZ) — A 27-year-old Riley woman has been charged with a 15-year felony after she collided with another driver, killing a passenger.

According to police, the accident occurred in February near the intersection of 32 Mile and M-53. The Riley woman was traveling south on M-53 and allegedly failed to stop at a red light and crashed into another vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle said he felt the impact as the vehicle began to skid. Two people were hospitalized as a result of the accident: the Riley woman and the passenger in the second vehicle. That passenger died in the hospital, while the Riley woman was hospitalized for two days with multiple injuries.

The Riley woman, who has not yet been identified by police, has been charged with one count of reckless driving causing death. She admitted that she used her GPS while driving the vehicle. Charges against her are not yet planned.

“This tragedy could have been prevented if the suspect had not been on her phone,” Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said in a news release about the incident. “I once again encourage everyone to please put their phones away when driving. Focus on the road. Obey the law and keep your hands free while driving.”

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