UPDATE: St. Ignace woman charged with reckless driving causing death in Chippewa County

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: Monday, April 8, 2:43 p.m.

Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office has released information regarding an accident that happened on January 10 and charges that have been made since then.

According to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, detectives have spent many hours over the past few months investigating this fatal crash, detailed below in the original story.

Police said several interviews were conducted along with investigations into the pick-up driver’s social media use. Ultimately, it was concluded that the driver who struck the two pedestrians was actively on her cell phone, using social media, at the time of the fatal crash, investigators said. Officers determined that was a contributing factor.

The Chippewa County prosecutor then authorized the arrest of 20-year-old Jennifer Helen Campbell, of St. Ignace, for one count of Reckless Driving Causing Death. Campbell turned herself into the 91st District Court and was arraigned Monday, April 8.

Campbell is being held at the Chippewa County Correctional Facility on a cash bond.

A preliminary hearing for Campbell is being held on April 29 at 9:30 a.m.

In the release, Chippewa County Sheriff Michael D. Bitnar said, “This incident is the culmination of many bad decisions by all involved parties ultimately resulting in the death of one individual. A split-second decision, could ruin your future, injure, kill and rip apart the hearts of loved ones, family members and friends.”

Sheriff Bitnar wants to remind the public to, “Put your Phone in Park.”

TV6 & FOX UP will have more details on this ongoing case as they are made available.

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ORIGINAL STORY:
The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office has released details about a deadly accident on Thursday evening.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a traffic crash on I-75 north of Gaines Hwy. Investigation revealed that a small car had left the roadway and struck a reflector pole and was stuck in the snow. All of the occupants, the driver and three passengers, had been consuming alcohol.

Prior to law enforcement arriving on scene, two of the passengers from the small car in the ditch started walking southbound in the traffic lane of I-75 wearing dark colored clothing.

A full-size pickup travelling southbound, then struck two of the individuals walking in the roadway killing one of them. The second pedestrian was taken to War Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the small car was arrested for operating while intoxicated, open Intoxicant(s) in a motor vehicle, unregistered vehicle, possession of Schedule 5 narcotic, resisting arrest and assault on a corrections officer once at the correctional facility.

The third passenger of the small car was arrested for open Intoxicant(s) in a motor vehicle.

The driver of the truck who struck the individuals had not been drinking.

No names are being released at this time as the investigation is ongoing.

I-75 Southbound was temporarily closed while the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office accident investigator processed the scene.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Michigan State Police, U.S. Border Patrol, Kinross Police Department, Kinross EMS and Chippewa County Central Dispatch.



 
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