Harrison Twp. man accused of OWI in fatal crash

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Macomb County’s prosecutor has charged the driver who police say veered into oncoming traffic and caused the death of a Windsor, Ontario, man in December.

Officials said Monday David Scott McKinney, 35, of Harrison Township, has been charged with four felonies: operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing death; operating a vehicle with a suspended license, causing death; operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing serious injury; and operating a vehicle with a suspended license, causing serious injury. The first two charges each carry a penalty of 15 years in prison. The last two are five-year felonies.

McKinney turned himself in to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office on Monday and was arraigned on the four charges. A magistrate at the 41-B District Court in Clinton Township set his bond at $25,000 and scheduled his next hearing for July 13, according to Lt. John Michalke with the sheriff’s office.

Police say McKinney was driving a silver, 2006 Ford Econoline van on eastbound North River Road near Interstate 94 in Harrison Township on Dec. 11, 2014.

His vehicle veered into the road’s westbound lane and struck a white, 2008 Ford E250 van, occupied by a 65-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman, both of Windsor, Ontario, authorities said. The crash occurred at about 2:45 p.m.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene and found McKinney outside of his vehicle, alert and talking.

The man and woman in the other van were pinned inside and had to be extricated by rescue workers, police said.

All three were taken to a hospital. McKinney was released from the hospital after being treated, but the man — later identified as John McKee — who had been driving the other van died three days later from his injuries.

During their investigation, police determined McKinney’s driver’s license had been suspended.


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