A man has been arrested after allegedly causing a crash on Friday that claimed the lives of a Michigan mother and her 5-year-old daughter, due to distracted driving, according to ClickOnDetroit.
Police say Todd M. Moyer, 38, (pictured left) was traveling southbound in a Dodge Ram pickup truck when he struck Gladys Johnson’s 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The collision sent the mother’s car into the rear of a 2004 Toyota Solara and then into a 2012 Cadillac CTS, mLive.com has reported.
Gladys, 35, and her daughter, Za-Kira Johnson (pictured right) were pronounced dead at the scene. Everyone else involved in the crash refused medical treatment. Monroe Sheriff’s officials said everyone was wearing seat belts and that alcohol was not a factor, according to the Lansing State Journal.
However, police are now saying they believe that Moyer was texting at the time of impact. WJBK has reported that Moyer, a Michigan State University (MSU) basketball coach, was arrested at the scene and charged with reckless driving. He has since been released on bond.
“I’m just looking for her to pull up in the driveway,” Gladys Johnson’s sister-in-law, Dushawna Dickinson, told WDIV. “Realizing that they’re not coming back home is just hard. It’s hard.”
MSU head basketball coach Tom Izzo provided the following statement in light of the preliminary report.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ family during this difficult time. I can’t imagine the pain they are feeling in losing two family members so tragically and so suddenly. As the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office continues their investigation, we will be monitoring the situation.”
Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Nichols told The State that it will take three to five weeks to complete their investigation, citing autopsy and accident reconstruction reports.
The family has started a GoFundMe to help cover Gladys and Za-Kira’s funeral expenses.
[Featured Image: WILX/WJBK]