Man, 21, charged in fatal drunken driving crash
A 21-year-old Troy man has been charged with drunken driving causing death, and drunken driving causing injury over a crash that killed a fellow restaurant worker and injured another co-worker.
The crash took place about 12:20 a.m. Sunday on South Boulevard at Fredmoor in Rochester Hills. Police said Alexander Munch was driving a 1988 Dodge Daytona and went left of the center line and through a ditch before hitting a utility pole.
Talon Dawson, a 21-year-old Troy resident died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. He was a front-seat passenger. William Cassell, 55, was a rear-seat passenger and remains hospitalized with serious injuries, authorities said.
At his arraignment Thursday in 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills, Munch was given a $50,000 cash bond and several conditions attached: no alcohol use, daily testing for alcohol, no driving, and house arrest along with a GPS tether.
Police said from the beginning that they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash and have forwarded a blood sample to Michigan State Police to confirm that suspicion.
Per the Michigan Department of Transportation, 356 people have died in car crashes in Michigan in 2018, which is 66 fewer than at this point last year.