Otter Lake Woman Charged with Second Degree Murder in Lappin Street Fatal Car Crash

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Alyssa Marie Verbeke, 28 (DOB: 06/05/1990) of Otter Lake, MI, in connection with the fatal car crash the killed Daziah Tanae Crawford, 19, of Detroit.

On August 5, 2018, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Detroit Police responded to the scene of a car crash at Fairport Street and Lappin Street in Detroit. It is alleged that the defendant was driving southbound Fairport Street, fleeing Warren police, when she struck the victim's vehicle, which was traveling eastbound on Lappin. It is further alleged that Verbeke was driving under the influence of drugs. The defendant fled the scene on foot, but was apprehended by Warren police. Detroit emergency medics conveyed all the individuals to a local hospital for treatment. The victim succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

Verbeke has been charged with: Second Degree Murder; Fleeing a Police Officer First Degree; Reckless Driving Causing Death; Operating - License Suspended, Revoked, Denied - Causing Death; and Controlled Substance - Possession of a Controlled Substance Less Than 25 Grams.* She was arraigned and remanded to jail today in 36th District Court. Her Probable Cause Conference is on August 22, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. and her Preliminary Examination is on August 28, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., both before Judge Deborah Lewis Langston.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.