Suspect in fatal crash driving on suspended license

The mug shot of Matthew Nosanov. (June 29, 2014)

WAYLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The man who police say led an officer on a high-speed chase before crashing into another vehicle and killing the driver while he drove on a suspended license was arraigned Monday.

Matthew Nosanov made his first appearance in Barry County District Court on a closed-circuit connection. He had a black eye and scratches on his face from the early Saturday morning crash.

The 19-year-old, who is charged with one count of felony homicide, one count for a felony traffic offense and one count of obstructing police, didn’t say much during his arraignment.

“I know I messed up and made bad choices but it’s going to stay with me for the rest of my life no matter what,” Nosanov said.

Police said Nosanov was speeding behind a sheriff’s department cruiser around 4 a.m. Saturday when a Barry County sheriff’s deputy allowed him to pass so he could pull Nosanov over.

Instead of stopping, Nosanov led police on a 5-mile, high-speed pursuit that ended in the crash, Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf told 24 Hour News 8.

With the sheriff’s deputy trailing him, investigators said Nosanov ran a stop sign at the intersection of Bass Road and Patterson Road in Wayland Township, hitting a vehicle that was traveling through the intersection.

The driver of that vehicle, a 24-year-old migrant worker who police are struggling to identify, was headed to work at a nearby farm. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers could smell alcohol on Nosanov’s breath before he was taken to the hospital for his injuries and then later to jail, Leaf said.

Neither driver involved in the crash was wearing a seat belt.

Nosonav’s license had been suspended in early May and was due to be reinstated July 3 after a February incident in Hastings in which he disobeyed a traffic control device and was involved in a crash.

Because of his prior driving record, the Secretary of State’s office suspended his driver’s license. Previously, he was cited in separate incidents for speeding and disobeying a stop sign, and he also has a notation on his license from August 2013 in which he was charged with being a minor in possession of liquor.

In Saturday’s incident, the Barry County prosecutor said that Nosanov could face more charges, depending on what is found in the accident reconstruction.

Each of the felony charges Nosanov currently faces carries a 15-year prison sentence.

The Barry County sergeant who was chasing Nosanov remains on duty as an internal investigation is being conducted to find out whether county protocol surrounding the pursuit was followed.



EDITORS NOTE: The previous version of this report incorrectly stated that Nosanov’s license had been reinstated based on information from Secretary of State representatives. Later, a spokesperson contacted 24 Hour News 8 stating that information was not correct. While a letter went out to Nosanov informing him that his license was to be reinstated on June 23, his license was not set to be reinstated until July 3.


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