ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) — The registered owner of the vehicle driven by a woman who caused a deadly crash in Allegan County has been charged.
Nancy Lynn Ferrier, 45, was arraigned on Wednesday on a felony charge of allowing a person to operate a vehicle with a suspended license, causing death.
The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office said Catherine Gertrude Bender, Ferrier’s twin sister, was behind the wheel of a vehicle that failed to stop at the intersection of 130th Avenue and 22nd Street near Hopkins on Dec. 16. Investigators said Bender drove into the path of a southbound pickup truck.
The driver of the truck, 58-year-old John Dolegowski, was thrown from the vehicle and later died from his injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to investigators.
Bender’s vehicle was on fire when firefighters arrived. Rescuers pulled her from the vehicle and airlifted her to a nearby hospital.
Bender was charged on Jan. 11 with driving on a suspended license, causing death. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison.