Woman charged in crash death first blamed on pothole

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has filed a charge of reckless injury causing death against the 22-year-old Dearborn woman who police said was the driver during a fatal car crash early Tuesday morning on Detroit's west side, court records show.

A gray car door at the scene of a single car fatal crash at the intersection of McGraw and Martin.

The crash was initially thought to be caused by a pothole, which caused the driver's gray Ford Focus to lose control and then crash into a light pole. The driver's 22-year-old male passenger, named in court records as Jebrel AlJahmi, died from his injuries.

This was just after midnight on Tuesday morning on the city's west side, on McGraw at Martin, which is south of West Warren and west of Livernois. 

But the subsequent investigation revealed there was no pothole, and that speed instead had played a factor. Detroit Police Department officers then arrested the woman. 

Court records show that the charge was filed Wednesday, but do not yet show a scheduled arraignment. The Detroit News is withholding her name until she's arraigned.

As of Tuesday, the last time the numbers were updated, some 91 people have died in car crashes in Michigan in 2018, per the Michigan Department of Transportation. That's 24 fewer than at this time last year.