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A 31-year-old Detroit man has been charged in connection with a fatal car crash that claimed the life of a 43-year-old Detroit woman, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced Tuesday.

According to police, Rasean Dannel Preston was traveling at a high rate of speed near Greenfield and Joy Road in Detroit about 1:50 a.m. Sunday when his vehicle struck another vehicle from behind, pushing it into a utility pole.

A passenger in the car that was struck, Nakiesha Johnson, died, while three others in the vehicle, including the 20-year-old driver, were injured.

The prosecutor’s office said in its release Tuesday that Preston was intoxicated at the time of the accident.

Preston is charged with second-degree murder, one count of operating while intoxicated causing death, one count of reckless driving causing death, three counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, three counts of reckless driving causing serious injury, operating while intoxicated and operating with a high blood alcohol contest of .17 or above.

Preston was arraigned Monday before 36th District Court Magistrate Bari Blake Wood and remanded to the Wayne County Jail.

His probable cause conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. May 14. A preliminary examination was scheduled for Preston for 1:30 p.m. May 21, both before Judge William McConico of 36th District Court.

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