Wrong-way driver’s case not going to trial

Crystal Rincones in court on charges linked to a wrong-way crash on US-131 in Wyoming (Sept. 29, 2014)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A wrong-way driver charged with injuring another driver on U.S. 131 last summer will not have her case go to trial.

Crystal Rincones, 36, pleaded no contest to reckless driving causing serious injury which carries a maximum five year sentence and possession with intent to distribute Vicodin and Oxycodone Hydroxide, which carries a maximum seven year sentence.

Police say Rincones was driving the wrong way on southbound US-131 near 36th Street on August 5 when her vehicle hit an SUV headed in the correct direction. The driver of the SUV was hospitalized with a broken femur but survived. Rincones was also injured in the crash.

Police reports show Rincones was driving on a revoked license and admitted to being heavily under the influence of pills. She had also been involved in a minor crash earlier that same morning.

In court on Monday there was some discussion over posts Rincones recently made on Facebook thanking her dad for giving her a car. This was a concern as Rincones doesn’t have a valid driver’s license and therefore shouldn’t be driving.

Her attorney spoke out in defense of her client saying Rincones was simply thanking people for giving her rides the past few months.

Rincones remains out of bond and is expected to be sentenced on March 18.

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