Woman pleads guilty to WMU student’s hit-and-run death


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A woman pleaded guilty to charges in the death of a Western Michigan University student who was hit by an SUV and killed while jogging.

Morgan Rowley pleaded guilty to operating under the influence of liquor causing death and failure to stop at the scene of a crash resulting in death. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Carrie Klein said there is no plea or sentence agreement. Her sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 5.

Morgan was driving the SUV that struck Nicholas Heil on May 11 as he jogged along KL Avenue in Oshtemo Township, near Kalamazoo. Heil, a 21-year-old from Fruitport, died later at the hospital. The SUV was discovered about two hours later at another apartment complex.

Rowley, 22, was arrested after the crash and then released after questioning pending the results of an investigation and a toxicology tests.

She has a previous operating while intoxicated case out of Traverse City from January 2015, online records show.

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