Driver who hit buggy, killing 3 kids, pleads not contest

Branch County

ALGANSEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man has pleaded to operating under the influence causing death, after a crash killed three children in June of 2019.

Tyler Frye, a man from Indiana, pleaded no contest to the charge at a hearing Tuesday morning. Other charges, including a count of felony firearm, were dismissed.

A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but it is treated like a guilty plea at sentencing. Frye faces up to 15 years in prison, according to a release sent Tuesday by Branch County’s Prosecutor’s Office.

Frye was charged after being accused of rear-ending an Amish horse-drawn carriage in Branch County’s Algansee Township in June of 2019. The crash threw a family of seven from the buggy, causing the death of three kids. A 2-year-old and 6-year-old died at the scene, and a 4-year-old died later at the hospital.

Frye told officers on scene he “had too many.”

His sentencing has not been scheduled yet.

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