Man charged with drunk driving in fatal pedestrian crash on 8 Mile
Detroit — A 39-year-old man faces three felony charges related to an alleged drunken driving crash late Saturday night that killed a pedestrian on Eight Mile in Detroit.
The crash took place about 10:25 p.m. on westbound Eight Mile at Dequindre, which is the Wayne-Oakland-Macomb county line.
Latrice Crawford, a Detroit police spokeswoman, says the driver was operating a GMC Yukon. The SUV was headed west on Eight Mile when it allegedly hit a pedestrian, identified as Tinequa Turner, 25.
The suspect, Amer Wright, 39, was arrested at the scene and transported to the Detroit Detention Center. Wright was arraigned Tuesday at Detroit's 36th District Court on three charges: operating while intoxicated, causing death; reckless driving causing death; and operating while intoxicated.
Magistrate Laura Echartea gave Wright a bond of $25,000/10 percent, but as of Wednesday morning was a Wayne County Jail inmate. If Wright does post bond, he is barred from drinking or driving as his case proceeds.
Wright is due for a probable cause conference on Oct. 25 and a preliminary examination on Oct. 30, both before Judge Lynise Bryant.
As of Tuesday, 737 people had died in car crashes in Michigan in 2019 — 54 fewer than this time in 2018. Of the 974 people who died in car crashes in Michigan last year, 145, or about 15%, were pedestrians.