PAW PAW, Mich. (AP/WOOD) - A woman has been charged for allegedly causing a crash that killed four people on an icy road in Van Buren County.
Ashley Baker of Watervliet was arraigned Friday in South Haven District Court on four counts of operating while intoxicated causing death. The Associated Press reports Baker was under the influence of marijuana. She could spend up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
On Feb. 16, police said she did not stop her vehicle at the intersection of County Road 687 and 66th Avenue in Hartford Township. Her eastbound van then struck a southbound Buick, which was pushed into the path of a northbound truck.
Four people in the Buick -- Celeste Phillips, 67, of Hartford, Kathryn Maya, 56, of Kalamazoo, Lou Anne Holcomb, 56, of Hartford, and Charlotte Sieber, 51, of Hartford -- were pronounced dead at the scene. They were members of Keeler Baptist Church and returning home from a restaurant in Indiana. They were about a mile from their destination.
The driver of the truck was injured. Baker and her passenger were uninjured.
Prosecutor Michael Bedford says he's not required to prove how the marijuana affected Baker's driving.
Baker's criminal background dates back to 2006 and contains many infractions, including speeding, driving the wrong way, driving with no insurance, driving on a suspended license, retail fraud and possession of a controlled substance.
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