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Woman Charged In Crossing Guard's Hit-And-Run Death

June 01, 2018 - 10:29 am

MOUNT CLEMENS (WWJ) - A woman who initially left the scene after striking a crossing guard outside of a Mt. Clemens school, leading to her death, has been charged in the case. 

Kathleen Vuylsteke, 51, was arraigned Thursday on charges of failure to stop at scene of accident resulting in serious impairment or death (five year felony) and one count of moving violation causing death (one year misdemeanor) in the death of Angeles White.

White, a 57-year-old teacher at Prevail Academy, was serving as a crossing guard when she was struck on Cass Avenue near Rose Street, east of Groesbeck, just before 8 a.m. on March 23. She died a week later. 

According to police, Vuylsteke was traveling eastbound on Cass Ave. in a 2003 maroon Dodge Caravan when she struck White, then continued driving. Witnesses attempted to block Vuylsteke’s vehicle and followed her as she continued to travel around them. Police say she did return to the scene a short time later and was cooperative with deputies.  

“Ms. White greeted students, parents, and passersby on Cass Ave. with a smile and wave every morning. Her death is a loss felt by many,” Prosecutor Eric Smith said in a statement. “It is my mission to see that justice is done, and the defendant is held accountable for her actions.” 

Vuylsteke was given a $10,000 personal bond and is scheduled to be back in court on June 13 for a probable cause conference.