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22-Year-Old Woman Charged With OWI In Crash That Killed Worker On I-75

June 18, 2018 - 5:22 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A 22-year-old woman is facing drunk driving and other felony charges after a crash that killed a construction worker on I-75.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worth has charged Samiya Speed of Detroit with the following: Operating a Motor Vehicle Causing Death; Driving with License Suspended Causing Death; Moving Violation (Careless Driving) in a Work Zone Causing Death, and Operating While Intoxicated - Second Offense.

The crash happened around 12:50 a.m. last Thursday along northbound I-75, just south of Warren Ave., when Michigan State Police said Speed veered into an active construction zone, which was blocked off with barrels.

One construction worker suffered minor injuries, while a second -- 57-year-old David Snell of Bay City, who was working for a private contractor -- was killed. 

"Here's a senseless crash that didn't have to happen," MSP First Lt. Mike Shaw told WWJ, following the incident. "You have somebody that if they would have just made the proper choice of getting an Uber, a taxi, a designated driver, a piggy back ride, anything...we wouldn't be talking about this."

Speed was arrested at the scene but was released by police over the weekend. According prosecutors, she turned herself for an arraignment late Monday afternoon and received a $50,000/10 percent cash or surety bond.

According to an obituary, Snell "loved his family and lived to take care of them." He left behind a wife, three children and one grandchild. A memorial service was set for Monday evening at Penzien-Steele Funeral Home in Bay City.