Man charged in Sept. crash that killed 2

Patrick Doerr. (March 8, 2014)
Patrick Doerr. (March 8, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man has been charged in connection to a September 2013 crash that killed two Traverse City men.

Patrick Doerr, 57, was arraigned in the 63rd District Court on a moving violation causing death.

On Sept. 10, Doerr failed to slow for a traffic backup on southbound US-131 near 10 Mile Road in Plainfield Township and his pickup truck collided with multiple stopped vehicles, Michigan State Police said at the time. Seven vehicles were involved in the resulting chain-reaction crash.

John Pomeroy and William Kochis were killed in a crash in US-131 near 10 Mile Road. (Sept. 10, 2013)Inside the first vehicle struck were 49-year-old John Pomeroy and 30-year-old William Kochis. Both were killed.

Doerr and several other people were hospitalized with minor injuries.

In October 2013, Doerr underwent a driving examination and was given a restricted license. He was found to be unqualified to drive safely and now may only drive while accompanied by an adult licensed driver.

Before that, his driving record was clean — he had only one speeding ticket from 2010.

Doerr turned himself in on March 8 and was released the same day.

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