Prosecutor: No charges for driver in fatal mini-bike crash that killed teen
DETROIT (WJBK) -
A warrant was denied in the fatal crash that killed a teen mini bike driver.
The accident happened on June 10 at the intersection of Paul and Rosemont when 14-year-old Trent Moses was struck and killed by a car. The driver of the car, Cynthia Clark, 26, had a suspended license.
On Thursday it was determined she was not at fault due to the erratic driving and speed of Moses. The posted speed limit is 25, police say he was travelling at speeds of 40 to 45 miles per hour before going through a stop sign.
"She was driving the speed limit and was not under the influence of alcohol or any other substance that would cause impairment," the release said. "At the time of the fatal crash in this case, the conduct of Mr. Moses speeding, evading the police, and running multiple stop signs was grossly negligent. It has been determined that no charges will issue against Ms. Clark in connection with the death of Mr. Moses."
The Moses family blames police, saying a cruiser without lights was chasing him.
But the release, from assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Maria Miller, disputes that, saying the chase was called off.
"The officers turned on their emergency lights to pull over the driver of the black mini bike for speeding," she said. "The teen drove off at a high rate of speed attempting to evade the police cars, and ran through several stop signs.
"The officers turned off their emergency lights and discontinued their pursuit of the teen because he would not pull over and they were in a residential neighborhood near Rosemont and Drayton. The teen continued riding north on Rosemont and ran through a stop sign at Paul Street. He struck the back door of the driver's side of a white Pontiac as it was going through the intersection. The same police officers heard the collision and responded to the location."
Clark will be charged on June 17 for Operating a Motor Vehicle with License Suspended, a one-year misdemeanor.