Grand Rapids

Family: 'Not fair' driver free after deadly crash

Heather Walker and 24 Hour News 8 web staff - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) -- Family members of a Grand Rapids man who was killed in a crash Saturday morning wonder why the other driver involved is not behind bars.

The crash happened around 5:30 a.m. at the intersection of Lake Drive SE and the East Beltline. Tony Cason, 29, was killed when another driver failed to stop at a red flashing light and struck the side of Cason's vehicle, Grand Rapids police said.

Police say alcohol was a factor in the crash, but a toxicology report is still pending. The case will be presented to the Kent County Prosecutor's Office when the investigation is completed.

But the victim's family wants action now.

"It's not fair," Danielle Moss, Cason's girlfriend and the mother of his child, told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday.

She said the family has heard little from police since the crash. The Grand Rapids Police Department said in a statement that's because the case is active and it can't share details.

Cason had his whole life ahead of him. Moss said they were saving up for a home and planning their daughter's third birthday party.

His family members are trying to deal with their frustration on top of all of the emotions that come with a sudden loss.

"When I found out that he (the other driver) had minor injuries and got to go home to his family and Tony didn't, that brings out an emotion that I didn't know I had," Moss said.

The family is upset that despite the fact that police believe alcohol was a factor, the 21-year-old driver remains free.

24 Hour News 8 asked GRPD why. Officials refused an on-camera interview but sent a statement that said in part, "Once all evidence is available and the investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the Kent County Prosecutor's Office for review."

"We just want to know that he is going to be held accountable for what he did, the choices that he made," Moss said of the other driver.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover Cason's funeral costs.


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