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Wife, Daughter Of Wisconsin Assistant Basketball Coach Killed In M-14 Wrong-Way Crash

Moore's wife and 9-year-old daughter were killed when their vehicle was hit head-on.

May 26, 2019 - 1:54 pm
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WWJ) -- The wife and daughter of University of Wisconsin assistant basketball coach Howard Moore were killed by a wrong-way driver early Saturday morning near Ann Arbor.

Michigan State Police confirmed that Moore and his family were struck by a driver heading west along the eastbound lanes of M-14 near Ford Road around 2 a.m. Saturday. His 9-year-old daughter, Jaidyn, was pronounced dead at the scene and his 46-year-old wife, Jennifer, later died at a hospital. Moore and his son, 13-year-old Jerell, sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash.

Wisconsin basketball released a statement on the crash, saying "Our hearts are with them and we, as a community, will support and lift up the entire family."

Police identified the wrong-way driver as 23-year-old Samantha Winchester of Ann Arbor. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say Winchester worked at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor, but it is unclear if she was working that night. 

MSP Lt. Darren Green called it a horrific start to the Memorial Day Weekend.

"It's a tragic situation, especially when a young child is killed," Green told WWJ. "It's not a great start to what we were hoping would be a safe holiday weekend."

Police first received a call about a vehicle heading westbound in the eastbound lanes of M-14 near Ford Road at 2:02 a.m. Saturday. One minute later, another call came in about a crash in the same location. 

"It sounded like everything happened pretty fast," Green said. "They only received one phone call regarding the wrong-way driver before the crash happened."

Police say Winchester's car slammed head-on into the Moore family's vehicle. Their vehicle caught fire in the crash and slammed into another car that was traveling eastbound. 

A man driving the third vehicle, which was traveling behind the Moore's car, also suffered minor injuries.

It is unclear if alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

"Basically at this point, pending autopsies, toxicology, and then our traffic crash reconstructionist to come out and reconstruct the scene -- once all those pieces of information and investigations are done, they'll get pieced together and that should give an accurate picture of the actual events that led up to the crash," Green said.

An investigation is ongoing.