Man charged in hit-and-run crash that killed 88-year-old Allegan Co. woman

Allegan County

ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) — An arrest has been made in the June 2020 hit-and-run death of an 88-year-old woman from Allegan County, according to sheriff’s authorities.

Ryan McRae Cubbage, 34, of Douglas, was arraigned on three felony charges earlier this week, the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office said. Those charges include failure to stop at a scene causing death, failure to stop at an accident scene where there was a serious injury and lying to police.

The victim, Jean Beaty, was walking along 117th Avenue west of 56th Street in rural Clyde Township, south of Fennville, on June 13 when she was hit by a car. Authorities say a good Samaritan found her lying partially in the road.

Beaty survived for 10 days after the crash, but her injuries ultimately proved too severe.

An undated courtesy photo of Jean Beaty.

At the time of the crash, the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office said it didn’t have any suspects in the case, as Beaty wasn’t able to provide much information on what happened.

After months of investigation, investigators were able to make a case against Cubbage, with trace evidence found at the scene of the crash, authorities said. 

Court documents show Cubbage has a few driving offenses on his record already, including charges for driving on a suspended license and driving under the influence. According to court records, Cubbage is also currently facing an assault charge for an incident that happened in January of this year. 

Cubbage bonded out of jail on March 17 for the hit-and-run charges. He is scheduled for his next court hearing on April 1.

A booking photo of Ryan Cubbage.

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