On June 10, 2016 at approximately 9:10 p.m., officers with the Detroit Police Department, in separate cars, were on routine patrol when they observed a male teen on a red mini bike with another male teen on a black mini bike. The teen on the black mini bike did not have on a helmet and was travelling at speeds of 40 to 45 miles per hour in the area near Paul Street and Rosemont Street, a residential area that is designated a 25 mph zone. The officers turned on their emergency lights to pull over the driver of the black mini bike for speeding. The teen drove off at a high rate of speed attempting to evade the police cars, and ran through several stop signs. The officers turned off their emergency lights and discontinued their pursuit of the teen because he would not pull over and they were in a residential neighborhood near Rosemont and Drayton. The teen continued riding north on Rosemont and ran through a stop sign at Paul Street. He struck the back door of the driver's side of a white Pontiac as it was going through the intersection. The same police officers heard the collision and responded to the location.
Investigation by the police identified Cynthia Clark, 26 (DOB: 6/28/89), of Detroit, as the driver of the Pontiac. The teen on the black mini bike was identified as Trent Moses, 14, of Detroit. He was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. The medical examiner determined that Mr. Moses died of blunt force trauma and that the manner of death was determined to be an accident.
The investigation in this case included interviews of witnesses, crash scene investigation and the police in-car video. There is no evidence that Ms. Clark was at fault. She was driving the speed limit and was not under the influence of alcohol or any other substance that would cause impairment. At the time of the fatal crash in this case, the conduct of Mr. Moses speeding, evading the police, and running multiple stop signs was grossly negligent. It has been determined that no charges will issue against Ms. Clark in connection with the death of Mr. Moses.
On June 10, 2016, Ms. Clark was driving with a suspended driver's license. Today she was charged and arraigned in 36th District Court on one count of Operating a Motor Vehicle with License Suspended, a one-year misdemeanor. She received $2000 personal bond and must pay a fine of $350 by August 26, 2016.
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