Driver pleads no contest in crash that killed 5

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News
Matthew Jordan Carrier

A 23-year-old Fenton man pleaded no contest Friday to second-degree murder and 14 other felony offenses related to a May 2017 traffic crash that killed five people.

Matthew J. Carrier, who admits he had been drinking and did not have a driver's license when he ran a stop sign and plowed into a Cadillac occupied by four other people, entered his pleas Friday before Livingston County Circuit Judge Michael Hatty.

Livingston County Prosecutor William J. Valliencourt was unavailable for comment Friday afternoon. When reached, Carrier’s defense attorney, James Buttrey, “politely declined” to comment to The News either on behalf of his client or on the case.

Michigan State Police said Carrier was driving a 2002 Subaru Impreza south on Argentine Road at more than 100 miles an hour around 10:30 p.m. May 9, 2017, when he ignored or didn’t see a stop sign at M-59 and slammed into a Cadillac CTS headed east on M-59.

The Cadillac’s driver, Albert Boswell, 39, survived, but all three of his passengers were killed: Candice Lynn Dunn, 35, of Oakland county; her mother, Linda K. Hurley, 69, of Macomb County; and her mother’s boyfriend, Jerome Joseph Tortomasi, 73, also of Macomb County.

Those in the Cadillac were all returning home after attending a banquet in East Lansing where Dunn had been honored as Michigan’s Parole/Probation Officer of the Year.

Two other Fenton men in the Subaru, Justin Andre-Humberto Henderson, 18, and Preston Tyler Wetzel, 24, died in the crash. One other passenger, Kyle Eugene Lexie, 23, survived.

Carrier, who was found to have  a .15 blood-alcohol level, nearly twice the legal limit for motorists, had a history of losing his license because of driving infractions including careless driving, speeding, operating while impaired by liquor and driving on a suspended license.

He was charged with five-counts of second-degree murder; five counts of operating under the influence causing death; two counts of operating under the influence causing incapacitating injuries; five counts of operating while license suspended/revoked causing death; and two counts of operating on a license suspended/revoked causing injury.

The offenses, all felonies, carry any term of years up to life in prison. Carrier will be back before Hatty for sentencing Oct. 12.
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