Teen behind deadly crash didn’t have legal license

A Jan. 11, 2016 mug shot of David Michael Mills provided by Kalamazoo County Jail.

PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) — A 17-year-old accused of causing a deadly crash while trying to outrun officers didn’t have a legal license, records show.

Crystal Norton holds her daughter in a photo provided by family taken a few years ago. (Jan. 11, 2016)
Crystal Norton holds her daughter in a photo provided by family taken a few years ago. (Jan. 11, 2016)

David Michael Mills will be charged with driving while his license was suspended, revoked or denied, causing death.  Mills also faces a charge of first-degree fleeing and eluding a police officer, the prosecutor told 24 Hour News 8.  Each felony comes with a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

An undated photo of Crystal Norton, provided by her family.
An undated photo of Crystal Norton, provided by her family.

Authorities believe Mills was driving the vehicle that hit a car driven by Crystal Norton of Paw Paw.  The 33-year-old mother was killed in the Saturday night crash.

It started around 9:15 p.m. Saturday when an officer with the Portage Department of Public Safety came across a vehicle that had recently fled a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer. When the officer tried to stop the 17-year-old suspect, he drove through a parking lot and onto Kilgore Road at a high rate of speed.

(Jan. 9, 2016)
Crystal Norton’s vehicle was hit as she pulled out of a driveway in the 7900 block of Oakland Drive. (Jan. 9, 2016)

The chase continued southbound on Oakland Drive, and ended when the suspect hit Norton’s vehicle as she pulled out of a driveway in the 7900 block of Oakland Drive. Norton died at the scene.

The suspect and his 16-year-old passenger, both from Kalamazoo, were not injured. The passenger was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but has since been released.

The state has no history of Mills ever having a license, according to records obtained by 24 Hour News 8.  However, his state record shows three suspensions for drug-related crimes between July 2013 and March 2015.

Mills is expected to be formally charged in the case Monday afternoon.

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