Man charged with DUI in double fatal crash

6:10 PM, Oct 11, 2013   |    comments
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  • Two cars and a semi were involved in the crash that killed Andrea Herrera and Eric Fischer.
    

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Wyoming man is facing charges in a deadly crash that killed two people.

Police say Joseph Ford, 27, was driving on Patterson Avenue Thursday night when he went through the intersection at 36th Street and collided with another car.

Eric Fischer, 23, and Andrea Herrera, 20, died when their vehicle and Ford's slammed into a semi truck.

Court documents show Ford's friend told officers that Ford bought between two and four beers at a local tavern plus a shot of liquor.

He now faces two charges of drunk driving causing death. If convicted, Ford could spend 15 years in prison

A judge set Ford's bond at $50,000 cash surety. Ford is expected back in court October 23.
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CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kent County deputies are releasing the names of a man and woman killed in a three vehicle crash in Cascade Township.

It happened just before 10 p.m. Thursday. Investigators say a Dodge Charger driven by a 27-year-old Wyoming man was traveling north on Patterson Avenue when it collided with a Mazda 3 heading west on 36th Street. Both cars then hit an oncoming semi-truck.

The driver and passenger in the second car-- 23-year-old Eric Fischer of Gaines Township and 20-year-old Andrea Herrera of Lowell-were killed in the crash. The semi-truck driver, 50-year-old Eric Walton of Grand Rapids, was treated at a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries and released. The 27-year-old Wyoming man driving the first car was also treated for non-life threatening injuries and released. Deputies are not releasing his name.

It's unclear if any charges will be filed in the crash.

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