Man found guilty in drunk driving deaths

Joseph Jay Ford
Joseph Jay Ford

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who police say was driving drunk when he hit another car in Cascade Township, killing a young couple, was found guilty on three of four counts Monday.

Joseph Jay Ford was charged with two counts of operating while intoxicated causing death, one count of reckless driving causing death and one count of moving violation causing death.

The crash happened on the night of Oct. 10, 2013 at the intersection of Patterson Avenue and 36th Street. Police said Ford hit a car in the intersection and then that car, as well as Ford’s car, hit a semi-truck.

Eric Fischer, 23, and Andrea Herrera, 20, were in the car that Ford hit, police said. Both were killed in the wreck.

Joseph Jay Ford was found guilty of operating while intoxicated causing Herrera’s death, found guilty of reckless driving causing Herrera’s death and found guilty of moving violation causing death of Eric Fischer.

The jury found Ford not guilty of operating while intoxicated causing death of Eric Fischer

Ford was remanded back into custody and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 14, 2014.

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