Altercation a possible cause in fatal I-94 crash

Holly Fournier and Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A 20-year-old Chesterfield Township woman was arraigned Thursday in connection with a fatal car crash in Harrison Township earlier in the day.

Ceara Amme Abbott appeared by video for an arraignment Thursday afternoon in 41B District Court in Clinton Township. She is charged with operating while intoxicated causing death and operating while intoxicated, second offense.

According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, Abbott allegedly lost control of her vehicle around 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 94 near Shook as two passengers had a physical altercation.

Samantha Mary Mullins, 21, of Roseville died, officials said.

Abbott called 911 to report the crash.

Sheriff’s deputies responded “within minutes” and discovered a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup with three female occupants. Mullins died after she was ejected from the front passenger seat, the sheriff’s office said.

“Upon the arrival of medical personnel, the victim was treated and subsequently transported to McLaren Macomb Hospital,” officials said. “She succumbed to her injuries.”

The crash occurred during a fight between Mullins and a 21-year-old Eastpointe woman in the back seat.

“As the women fought, the driver lost control of the pickup truck and struck a guardrail on the west side of the freeway,” officials said.

Earlier Thursday, officials indicated that the roadway was wet at the time of the crash, possibly contributing to the incident. They also suspected alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

Abbott was arrested and taken to McLaren Hospital, where her blood was drawn. Toxicology results are pending, officials said.

In July 2014, Abbott was convicted of operating while intoxicated in Eastpointe, officials said.

Bond for Abbott was set at $50,000. She is scheduled to return to court April 6.

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