Neither of the drivers involved in a fiery collision that killed five people and critically injured three others in Livingston County had a valid operator’s license, according to Michigan Secretary of State records.
According to authorities, the crash occurred at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when a southbound Subaru Impreza driven by Matthew Jordan Carrier, 21, of Fenton ran a stop sign and struck an eastbound Cadillac CTS driven by Albert R. Boswell, 39, of Oakland County at the intersection of Argentine Road and M-59.
Both were injured.
Fred Woodhams, a Secretary of State spokesman, said Carrier’s license was “suspended due to unpaid traffic tickets and because the department believes he has an unsatisfactory driving record.”
State driving records show Carrier’s citations include careless driving, speeding, operating while impaired by liquor and driving on a suspended license.
According to Genesee County court records, Carrier was in Grand Blanc District Court last Friday, paying off a $200 bond to satisfy an arrest warrant issued against him for failing to show up in court in January on charges involving driving offenses and a drug crime.
Carrier had been stopped in December 2016 in Mundy Township and found driving with improper license tags, on a suspended license and possession of marijuana, according to court records.
Genesee County court records reveal Carrier, whose license was last suspended in 2014 for an “unsatisfactory” driving record, has been in and out of court for violations. He spent 24 days in jail last June after pleading guilty to an illegal entry of an address without permission.
The other driver, Boswell, had an expired license, state records show. His license had been revoked due to two prior drunken driving convictions in 1998 and 2001, Woodhams said.
Two passengers in the southbound car were killed: Justin Andrew-Humberto Henderson, 20, and Preston Taylor Wetzel, 24, both of Fenton, state police said. Another passenger, Kyle Eugene Lixie, 23, was hospitalized in critical condition.
Three passengers in the eastbound car died: state probation officer Candice Dunn, 35, of Sterling Heights; Dunn’s mother, Linda K. Hurley, 69, of Macomb Township and her boyfriend Jerome J. Tortomasi, 73, of Chesterfield Township.
Visitation for Dunn, Hurley and Tortomasi will be from 3-9 p.m. Monday and 1-9 p.m. Tuesday at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Funeral Home, 54880 Van Dyke and 25 Mile. They will lie in repose from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, followed by funeral services at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 47120 Romeo Plank and 21 Mile, Macomb Township.
Visitation for Henderson will be from 9-11 a.m. Monday, followed immediately by a service at the Freedom Center, 2473 W. Shiawassee, Fenton.
Arrangements were incomplete for Wetzel.
Authorities have a lot of unanswered questions about the crash.
Michigan State Police Lt. Mario Gonzales said findings at the accident scene, examining the two damaged vehicles and toxicology tests are important elements needed to determine the cause of the crash. He said investigators have not been able to interview any of the survivors.