Sheriff identifies driver in fatal Barry County crash

A mug shot of Joshua Allerding, courtesy the Barry County Sheriff's Office.

HOPE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Sheriff’s officials have identified the pickup truck driver in a fatal crash late Saturday night in Barry County.

Joshua Michael Allerding, 23, of Hastings, has been charged with operating while intoxicated causing death in the crash that killed 29-year-old Camilla Ray, also of Hastings.

The crash happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday on M-43 and Cloverdale Road in Hope Township, just north of Delton.

Hope Township
Crews pull a pickup truck from a Barry County pond after a crash that killed a Hastings woman. (June 17, 2017)

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office said Allerding was driving northbound on M-43 when he lost control of the pickup on a curve. The truck flipped into a pond and began taking on water, according to deputies.

Investigators said the Allerding was able to escape, but rescuers had to free Ray from the partially submerged. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she died.

A stretch of M-43 was closed for several hours while authorities investigated, but the road is now back open.