Kentwood man enters plea in fatal March traffic accident

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. -  A man police say had marijuana in his system during a March crash that killed a Caledonia woman and critically injured her husband pleaded no contest to reckless driving causing death for the accident in Kentwood.

Dillon Michael Clapp, 26, faced five charges, including operating under the influence causing death and operating under the influence causing serious injury.

Earlier: Man with marijuana in system charged with fatal Kentwood crash

He entered a no contest plea during a brief appearance Wednesday, Nov. 23 in front of Kent County Circuit Court Judge George Jay Quist. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the other charges.

Clapp, who is free on bond, faces up to 15 years in prison when he returns for sentencing on Jan. 17.

He was arraigned last June in Kentwood District Court on charges of intoxicated driving causing death and reckless driving causing death for the March 4 crash that killed 64-year-old Jeri Lynn Hoek.

The mother and grandmother was a passenger in a car driven by her husband, 63-year-old Douglas Jack Hoek.

Clapp was also charged with intoxicated driving causing serious injury and reckless driving causing serious injury, both five-year felonies, for injuries suffered by Douglas Hoek.

The crash happened about 10:25 p.m. at East Paris Avenue and 60th Street SE. Jeri Hoek died at the hospital.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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