Font Size:
Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged a juvenile male, age 16, (DOB: 03/30/2004), of Van Buren Township, in connection with a car crash that killed Chataya Jayana Thurman, 20, of Van Buren Township, and injured an 18-year-old Van Buren Township woman, a 56-yearold Ypsilanti woman, and a 51-year-old Ypsilanti man.

The juvenile respondent is not being charged as an adult defendant; he has been adult designated. This means that upon conviction an adult designation allows the judge to have the option of sentencing the respondent as a juvenile, or as an adult, or to fashion a blended juvenile sentence with the option of imposing an adult sentence if the juvenile is not rehabilitated.

On February 7, 2021, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Van Buren Township police officers were dispatched to the area of Belleville Road between Ecorse Road and Robson Road in Van Buren Township, for a reported head on collision. Upon their arrival, officers were advised that Ms. Thurman was unresponsive and trapped in the rear of the defendant's vehicle. Medics arrived on scene and pronounced Ms. Thurman deceased. The juvenile and the remaining victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

It is alleged that the juvenile respondent was driving southbound on Belleville Road at a high rate of speed, when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed over into the northbound lanes of Belleville Road, resulting in a head-on collision, fatally injuring Ms. Thurman and non-fatally injuring the remaining victims.

The juvenile respondent has been charged with one count of Second-Degree Murder and one count of Reckless Driving Causing Serious Bodily Injury. *

His Preliminary Hearing was held today at the Juvenile Detention Facility. The juvenile respondent was given a $10,000/10% bond, and ordered to have to no contact with victims, no possession of weapons, and no illegal drug use. The Preliminary Examination is scheduled for March 21, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. before Judge Edward Joseph.

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