- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A woman accused of stealing a pickup truck at a Burger King and killing the owner when she ran over him has been charged with carjacking and murder in Oakland County.

Ruth Pozdol appeared by video from jail Tuesday in Waterford Township District Court. She requested a court-appointed lawyer.

She’s accused of snatching keys from 76-year-old Clifford Van Haywald and running him over when he fell under the tires Sunday. She’d walked away from a drug treatment center.

Detective Sgt. Brent Ross says Pozdol took the truck after her husband wouldn’t get her.

She’s charged with committing murder during a felony and faces automatic life imprisonment without parole if convicted as charged.

Van Haywald lived in Walled Lake and was a regular customer at Burger King. Employees called him “Pops.”



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