GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) - The 29-year-old man accused in a head-on crash that killed a22-year-old woman Sunday morning was released from jail Mondayafternoon. Investigators are working to determine exactly whatcharge Scott Sikkema will face.
24 Hour News 8 spoke with Sikkema as he left the Kent Countyjail.
He said he remembered little of what happened leadingup to the crash. But he did remember having four drinks andgoing to a friend's house.
"Next thing I know, I got an airbag in my face," Sikkema said inan interview. Investigators say he was driving east in thewestbound lanes of I-196 near the Kent-Ottawa county line when heslammed into a car driven by Meredith O'Brien, a student at GrandValley State University.
O'Brien - remembered as a fighter to the last by her boyfriend -died from her injuries.
"I'm angry right now," said O'Brien's sister, Leslie Kidd. "Ihope one day I can come to forgive. He took my little sister."
Last fall, Sikkema told The Grand Rapids Press he lives withbipolar disorder and ADHD. Asked by 24 Hour News 8 whether he wason medication at the time of the crash, he responded:
"No, that's the funny thing," Sikkema said. "I had two beers andtwo shots, went to my friends' house, crashed on his couch."
Police and prosecutors await test results that should showexactly what was in Sikkema's system when the crash happened.
"For obvious reasons, we want to be able to come up with themost accurate charge in this case," Grandville Police DetectiveSgt. Renee Veldman told 24 Hour News 8.
The most serious charge possible: Second-degreemurder.
Prosecutors would have to be able to prove the driver didsomething he knew could cause serious injury or death toothers.
It's the charge Jermichael Carter faced in a highly publicizedcrash that killed 17-year-old Stephanie Farquhar. Prosecutors saidCarter was callous and reckless.
There is no set timeline for a charging decision in Sikkema'scase.
Neighbors at Sikkema's Zeeland apartment complex say the man isnice and generous.
"He was helpful at the drop of a hat," Alaina Graham said. "Youneed some help, he was there."
Sikkema appeared very shaken as he left the jail.
"I'm sorry if something did ... I don't know," he said, trailing off. "I don't remember."
A check of Sikkema's driving record performed by 24 Hour News 8revealed he was cited in two prior crashes, each leaving one personinjured. The 29-year-old was cited for failing to yield in a 2002Kentwood crash and a speed violation in a 2004 crash in GrandRapids.
Sikkema has other speeding citations on his record, mostrecently in Hudsonville in 2006, but nothing on his driving recordwas alcohol-related. State police records did not indicate anyprior criminal charges.
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