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Seventeen-Year-Old Charged in Fatal Car Crash

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Micaiah Carlin Minor, 17 (DOB: 10/30/2001) of Canton, Michigan in connection with a fatal car crash that killed John Robert McElreath, 64, of Van Buren Township, Michigan, that occurred in Van Buren Township. The city of residence for the defendant and the victim were not contained on official paperwork.

On May 7, 2019 at approximately 2:30 a.m., Van Buren Township Public Safety officers were dispatched to the area of Belleville Road and Ecorse Road in response to a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, the officers discovered the victim in his vehicle, which had sustained significant damage, and had come to rest in an open grass field. EMS responded to the crash site and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment, where he succumbed to his injuries. Defendant Minor was found in a damaged vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

It is alleged that Minor, an unlicensed driver, was driving southbound on Belleville Road at a high rate of speed, when he disregarded a red light crossed over the double yellow line and into northbound traffic, striking the victim in his car.

Minor has been charged with Murder - Second Degree.* He was arraigned on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in 34th District Court. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for May 22, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. before 34th District Court Judge Lisa Martin. he Preliminary Examination is scheduled for May 29, 2019 at 9:05 a.m. before Judge David Parrott in 34th District Court. The defendant received a $50,000/10% bond, with a tether. Please request a photograph of the defendant after the arraignment.

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