Driver charged in US-131 crash that killed boy, 14

Kent County
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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A driver is facing a misdemeanor charge for a crash on US-131 that killed a 14-year-old boy.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker says he has issued a charge of a moving violation causing death against Lisa Jean Rios for the Aug. 15 crash that killed Andy Larson.

Andy was riding in a Honda Odyssey van on northbound US-131 near the exit for West River Drive when his van was rear-ended. The impact caused the van to hit a Ford Escape in front of it. The van then went off the roadway, hitting a large freeway sign.

Andy died at the scene. Seven other people were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said. 

Investigators have not elaborated on what led to the crash, but it happened amid a backup caused by highway construction and fans headed to a baseball game at Fifth Third Ballpark.

The misdemeanor Rios faces carries a punishment of up to a year in jail. It’s unclear when she will be arraigned.

In a Tuesday statement, Dr. Eric Larson, Andy’s father, said the charge could not bring his family peace; only God, forgiveness and his family’s love for Andy could do that:

“Andy was an amazing, talented boy, and we have mourned him every moment of every day over these past months. Ultimately, the justice system will not bring us peace. Only God, forgiveness, and our ongoing love for Andy can bring us peace and healing in this tragedy. We know that Andy’s light in the lives with whom he shared life’s journey will be with each of us forever.”

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