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Alleged Drunk Driver Facing 19 Charges In Deadly I-94 Bus Crash

September 27, 2018 - 10:35 am
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PITTSFIELD TWP. (WWJ) - An Ann Arbor woman is facing 19 charges, including murder, in connection with a deadly bus crash on I-94.

Michigan State Police say 25-year old Andre Edwards was driving drunk and on a suspended license when her SUV slammed into a stalled bus that was stopped on the side of the freeway on May 29. The crash happened around 10:20 a.m. in the eastbound lanes near State Street, just west of US-23 in Pittsfield Township.

A tow truck driver, 42-year-old Nader Chehadi of Ypsilanti, died in the crash. A passenger in Edwards SUV, 28-year-old Antoinette Butler, died days later. Three kids in the SUV were also hurt.

Along with the murder charge, Edwards is facing drunk driving, child abuse and driving on a suspended or revoke license charges.  She'll be in court in mid-October.    

Edwards, who was arrested Tuesday, is charged with the following:

  • two counts of second degree murder
  • two counts of operating while intoxicated (alcohol) causing death 
  • two counts of operating while intoxicated (THC) causing death 
  • two counts operating – license suspended, revoked, denied – causing death 
  • three counts of child abuse – second degree
  • three counts of operating while intoxicated (alcohol) causing serious injury
  • one count of operating while intoxicated (alcohol) – third offense
  • one count of operating with the presence of a controlled substance (THC) – third offense  
  • three counts operating – license suspended, revoked, denied – causing serious injury 

Edwards remains lodged at the Washtenaw County Jail on a $500,000 bond. She's due back in court for a preliminary exam on October 11.