Snowplow driver pleads no contest in fatal crash

Austin Hill
Austin Hill is arraigned via video following a fatal hit-and-run crash in Wyoming. (Jan. 13, 2017)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A snowplow driver who left the scene after hitting and killing a woman as she walked along a Wyoming road in January has entered a plea in the case.

At a plea hearing on Tuesday, Austin Hill pleaded no contest to a felony count of failure to stop at the scene of a crash when at fault causing death. A second charge of being a third-time habitual offender was dismissed.

Chelsea Crawford, 26, was hit by the commercial snowplow as she walked to a bus stop on 52nd Street near Byron Center Avenue on the morning of Jan. 10. She died at the scene. The snowplow driver didn’t stop after the crash.

Chelsea Crawford
A courtesy image of Chelsea Crawford on her wedding day.

Hill, 21, was arrested the next day. He was ordered held on a $1 million bond because the judge was concerned he planned to flee to Florida.

A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as a guilty plea at sentencing, which is scheduled for May 18. Hill could spend up to 15 years in prison.