Fatal crash near Rockford brings felony charge

Man charged in May alcohol-related fatality

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, MICH. - A Rockford man has been charged with intoxicated driving causing death for a fatal May crash in northern Kent County that killed his passenger.

Nicholas Kyle Grzybowski is scheduled to appear in 63rd District Court Wednesday for a probable cause hearing on the felony charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Investigators say Grzybowski, 23, was driving a 2001 Ford Mustang on 14 Mile Road NE (M-57) when he turned south onto Northland Drive and into the path of an SUV.

The SUV, which was eastbound, had the right-of-way, court records show.

Grzybowski “displayed signs of intoxication at the scene and a blood test showed the defendant was over the legal limit when he was operating his vehicle,’’ Michigan State Police wrote in a probable cause affidavit. “The accident resulted in the death of Luke Halworth-Hoeppner.’’

The driver of the SUV, identified as a Cedar Springs man, was not injured. Grzybowski was hospitalized; Halworth-Hoeppner died at the scene.

The crash happened about 11:15 p.m. on May 18.

Halworth-Hoeppner, 24, was a graduate of Rockford Public Schools who enjoyed the arts and collecting LP records, according to his obituary.

 

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