Detroit driver to be tried in road worker's crash death
A 22-year-old Detroit woman was bound over for trial Tuesday in connection with a crash last month on Interstate 75 that killed a construction worker.
Samiya Speed waived her right to a preliminary examination as she appeared before Judge Kenneth King in 36th District Court with her defense attorney, Joshua Nucian.
Authorities say Speed was driving drunk about 1:45 a.m. June 14 when she crashed into a construction work zone on northbound I-75 near Warren Avenue, striking 57-year-old David Snell of Bay City.
Snell was helping another worker hook up a trailer to a truck when the crash occurred. Speed's vehicle rolled over as a result of the wreck.
Speed has been charged with operating a motor vehicle causing death, driving with a suspended driver's license, careless driving in a work zone causing death and operating a vehicle while intoxicated-second offense. The charges of operating a vehicle causing death and careless driving in a work zone are each punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Snell was a heavy equipment operator for C.A. Hull Contractors in Walled Lake.
His family members, who were in court, declined comment.
Snell's son, David Arthur Snell II, posted on Facebook after his father's death: "He was a kind, generous, and loving man. I ask that you keep us in your prayers and allow us the time to heal."
Speed is due in Wayne County Circuit Court July 24 for an arraignment on information.
She appeared in court Tuesday after being released for posting 10 percent of a $50,000 bond set during her district court arraignment last month.