Driver in fatal Taylor crash faces 6 felony charges
Taylor — A 25-year-old driver who crashed his vehicle and killed two passengers allegedly had violated probation twice in the three months before the crash, and failed a drug test the month before the crash, officials said.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Dakota Wallen with six felonies in the May 28 crash: two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of operating under the influence causing death and two counts of operating with a high blood alcohol content causing death, with a prior conviction.
Two killed, two injured in accident at Telegraph and Northline in Taylor on May 28, 2019. City of Taylor
The crash took place on the morning of May 28 at Telegraph and Northline in Taylor. Police say the suspect ran a red light, which had been green on the other side for about 10 seconds, and collided with a tractor-trailer.
The truck driver suffered minor injuries. The crash killed Heather Hutchinson, 31, and Zachary Rich, 30, and critically injured Wallen.
Wallen was arraigned Tuesday in Taylor's 23rd District Court. Bond was set at $150,000, according to Wayne County Jail records. As of Wednesday afternoon, he remained in jail.
After he allegedly failed a drug test in April, the Michigan Department of Corrections charged Wallen with a probation violation, said Holly Kramer, a spokeswoman for the department. He was referred for substance abuse treatment.
In February, Wallen violated probation, Kramer said, by an assault, failure to report and violating a no-contact order. The judge added 40 hours of community service, continued Wallen's probation and added another 120 hours of community service in lieu of court costs and fees.
In October, Wallen violated probation by committing assault and was jailed until January.
Wallen took a plea deal for second-degree home invasion in Wayne County in July 2016, and was given probation, according to Michigan Department of Corrections records.
He also took plea deals in August 2017 for larceny in a building and in February for aggravated assault, and received probation through October 2020.
Wallen is due for a competency hearing on Oct. 14, before Judge Joseph Slaven, records show.