Charge to be filed in crash near Cedar Springs that killed elderly couple

Kent County

SOLON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A driver faces charges for an August crash near Cedar Springs that killed an elderly couple.

Two counts of moving violation causing death were authorized against the driver Wednesday, the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed Monday. News 8 is not using the driver’s name because he has not yet been arraigned.

The charges stem from an Aug. 29 crash at the intersection of Algoma Avenue NE and 20 Mile Road NE in Solon Township.

A pickup truck driver was headed westbound on 20 Mile Road and didn’t stop at the intersection, authorities said at the time. They said the pickup truck hit a northbound car.

The passenger of the car, 74-year-old Patricia Behrens, died at the scene. Her husband, 74-year-old Jack Behrens, was driving. He died at the hospital from his injuries, officials say.

While authorities previously said that alcohol was believed to have been involved, Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said tests found the defendant’s blood alcohol content level was below the state’s legal limit for driving. Becker said his office also didn’t have enough evidence to warrant reckless driving charges.

Becker noted that it often takes a while to file charges in car crashes because it can often take a couple of months to complete all the parts of the investigation, including accident reconstruction and lab testing.

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