- Associated Press - Monday, September 18, 2017

COURTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A man has been charged after fleeing a high-speed crash that killed a woman and critically injured her 5-year-old twin boys in the Grand Rapids area.

Douglas Crystal was arraigned Monday on four charges, including reckless driving that caused a death.

The Kent County sheriff’s department says 33-year-old Meranda Baguss of Sand Lake was killed Friday night when Crystal’s pickup smashed into her vehicle at a rural intersection in Courtland Township. Her sons are in critical condition.

The 36-year-old Crystal was in jail on a $500,000 bond. It wasn’t known if he has a lawyer who could comment. Judge Sara Smolenski says the fatal crash is “everyone’s worst nightmare.”

Crystal fled on foot after the crash. Deputies used police dogs and even a state helicopter to search for him.


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