MENOMINEE, Mich. (WLUC) - A Menominee man has been charged in connection to the death of a Vulcan man following an October crash.
20-year-old Kane Alexander Richard is scheduled to be arraigned in Menominee County District court Wednesday for Operating under the Influence of Drugs Causing Death and Reckless Driving Causing Death. Both charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
According to Menominee County Prosecutor Jeffrey Rogg, Richard allegedly disregarded a stop sign posted on CR 356 at the intersection of CR 577 in Lake Township.
He crashed into a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban driven by 36-year-old Croy Smith of Norway, forcing the suburban off the road and ejecting one of the five occupants.
29-year-old Derek John Bryant was ejected from the vehicle and died as a result of his injuries.
According to the press release, the Michigan State Police Crime Lab’s analysis of Richard’s blood detected quantities of THC and Diazepam.
Richard’s bond is set at $50,000. He is currently serving a 12 month sentence in the Menominee County Jail on an unrelated conviction.
Richard was arrested at the scene of the crash but due to his own life-threatening injuries, he was transported to a medical facility. The original story can be found here.