PAW PAW, Mich. (WOOD) — A 40-year-old Wyoming man faces felony charges in connection to two pileup on Interstate-94 that led to two deaths.
Timothy Martinez was charged on Friday with two counts of reckless driving and two counts of reckless driving causing impairment of a bodily function. He was released on a personal bond. If he is convicted, Martinez could face up to 20 years in prison.
The Michigan State Police investigation determined that Martinez was driving a commercial vehicle recklessly on eastbound I-94 which caused the pileup.
The pair of chain reaction crashes happened on Jan. 17 on I-94 near Hartford.
The eastbound crash killed passenger 78-year-old Carol Griesemer of Northville. Her son, Andrew Griesemer, died a few days later from his injuries.
About 10 minutes after the deadly crash, troopers said another eight vehicles were involved in a chain reaction crash on westbound I-94, east of Hartford.
In addition to those killed, 14 people were injured, including a Van Buren County Sheriff’s deputy, who was hit by a vehicle while helping an injured driver.
Michigan State Police ticketed 20 drivers in the pileups, including four commercial vehicle drivers.