Man pleads to fatal drunk driving crash

Jay Hobbs. (Feb. 16, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man has admitting to driving drunk in February, causing a crash that left a mother of five dead.

Jay Hobbs, 48, pleaded guilty as charged Tuesday.

Tonya Beha. (Undated courtesy photo)
(Undated courtesy photo of Tonya Beha.)

The wreck happened on Feb. 15 on the Alden Nash Avenue bridge over I-96, north of Lowell. Tonya Beha was pushing a van that had run out of gas when she was struck by Hobbs’ pickup truck and killed. The 36-year-old from Lake Odessa had five children.

Hobbs ran away from the scene and was soon arrested in a nearby wooded area.

He was charged with operating while intoxicated causing death and leaving the scene of a deadly crash.

Sentencing is scheduled for October.

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