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Woman Charged With Murder In Double Fatal Detroit Crash

Police say she was driving drunk

May 08, 2018 - 7:56 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - A Detroit woman has been charged with murder after police say she drove drunk, causing a crash that killed two people. 

According to investigators, 35-year-old Taneka Blanding was speeding and under the influence of alcohol when she ran a red light at Greenfield and Puritan last Saturday, crashing into another vehicle.

The two people in that car -- a 35-year-old woman and her 28-year-old female passenger, both Detroit residents -- were taken to a local hospital where they later died. 

Wayne County Prosecutor  Kym Worthy has charged Blanding with two counts each of Second Degree Murder, Operating While Under the Influence Causing Death and Reckless Driving-Death Resulting. She is also charged with one count each of Operating While Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Operating a Motor Vehicle with a High Blood Alcohol Level and Driver- Open Intoxicant in a Motor Vehicle.

Blanding was arraigned in 36th District Court Tuesday. She is due back in court for a probable cause conference on May 18.