Woman charged in crash that killed motorcyclist in July

Nicquel Terry
The Detroit News

A New Haven woman has been charged in the death of a motorcyclist in a rear-end accident this summer in Chesterfield Township, authorities announced Monday.

Amy Joyce DeLeon, 43, is facing a charge of moving violation causing death which is a one-year misdemeanor.

Police say DeLeon struck James Weir of Lexington at full speed July 23 while he was stopped at a red light on Gratiot and 22 Mile.

DeLeon told authorities she did not notice traffic stopped in front of her when she was driving a Pontiac G6 that hit Weir and threw him into the Chevrolet Trailblazer that was stopped in front of him.

Weir’s Harley Davidson landed on top of him. He was wearing a helmet during the accident, police say.

“This case is a grim reminder of our main duty on the roadway: to remain alert and aware of what’s happening around us,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said in a statement. “We owe it to our children and families, and to the families of others, to always focus our full attention on the road before us.”

DeLeon is expected to be arraigned in 42-2 District Court in New Baltimore. As of Monday afternoon, the arraignment date had not been set.

Weir’s obituary says he was 69 years old and a Vietnam veteran. Weir was a member of the Port Huron American Legion Post 8 Charles A. Hammond, V.F.W. Post #796 in Port Huron, Vietnam Veterans of America and the American Motor Cycle Riders Association, according to the obituary.


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