Twin sister of driver in fatal crash charged

Mug shot of Nancy Lynn Ferrier (Courtesy of Allegan County Sheriff's Department)

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.

A mug shot of Catherine Gertrude Bender provided by the Allegan County Sheriff's Office.
A mug shot of Catherine Gertrude Bender provided by the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office.

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.

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