HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD) - Police say a Delton man intentionally crashed a car in May, killing his 21-year-old girlfriend and her unborn baby.
Derrick Allen McElhaney has been charged with second-degree murder and committing a grossly negligent act causing miscarriage or stillbirth to a fetus or embryo, according to the Barry County Prosecutor's Office.
McElhaney, 23, was driving on the afternoon of May 12 when his vehicle left the road and hit a tree at M-43 and Goodwill Road in Rutland Township. Neither he nor his passengers were wearing their seat belts.
McElhaney and Corey Justice, 24, of Clarksville, were taken to a Hastings hospital. Justice sustained severe bruising, a sprained ankle and damaged tendons.
Faith Allen of Lake Odessa was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital. Her pregnancy failed that day and she died two days later.
Corey Justice told 24 Hour News 8 over the phone Thursday that he believes McElhaney was trying to kill him and Allen.
"He sped up. You could tell by the skid marks," Justice said.
He said McElhaney called him around 1 a.m. May 12 to hang out. He, Allen and McElhaney were in the car on their way to the store.
Allen was pregnant with McElhaney's child, Justice said. While in the car, the two started arguing about their relationship. Allen wanted to end it, Justice said. McElhaney did not.
Justice said McElhaney wanted to kill him because he and Allen had been talking that day and she said she wanted to date him. McElhaney said that if he couldn't be with Allen, no one could.
McElhaney was yelling that he was going to kill everyone seconds before the car slammed into the tree, Justice said.
"It was really scary. I jumped forward, kind of like saying 'no,' and then everything went black," Justice said.
McElhaney also faces charges of driving on a suspended license causing death and serious injury, possession of heroin and possession of Clonazepam.
He was originally charged in May with operating while intoxicated causing the death of a fetus, but that charge was amended after receiving alcohol and drug test results from the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.
If convicted of murder, he faces life in prison.
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