Driver charged in Gratiot Rd. crash that killed sisters
A view of the crash scene on March 20.
Kevin Dean Haynes
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -
WNEM.com has learned the man behind the wheel of a pick-up truck that crashed head-on into a car carrying three sisters in March has been charged.
Saginaw resident Kevin Dean Haynes, 44, has been charged with two counts of driving with a suspended license causing death, and two counts of driving with a suspended license causing injury.
Saginaw Township Police Chief Don Pussehl said a report states that Haynes had cocaine, diazepam and prescription drugs in his system at the time of the crash.
If convicted on the charges of driving with a suspended license causing death, Haynes could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison, and up to five years in prison on the second charge of driving with a suspended license causing injury.
The crash happened March 20, just before 11:30 a.m. not far from the Saginaw Country Club.
Gratiot Road was shut down to traffic for three hours at the time.
Police said Haynes was driving a silver Chevrolet pickup truck west bound on Gratiot. Haynes crossed the roadway into the east bound traffic lanes and struck a tan Chevrolet Impala and a black Jeep Liberty, which were both eastbound on Gratiot.
The pickup truck came to rest on the road right of way on the south side of the road. Haynes suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash and spent some time in an area hospital.
Saginaw Township Police Chief Donald Pussehl said three sisters from Bridgeport were traveling together in the Chevrolet Impala. Pussehl said two passengers in this vehicle sustained fatal injuries and passed away at the scene. The driver of the vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Covenant Hospital by ambulance.
Carol Lyle, 63, and Judith Kelly, 67, were both killed and their other sister, 63-year-old Patricia Aldrich, was injured. Another driver of a Jeep Liberty involved in the crash was also injured.
Haynes has an extensive driving record stretching back to the late 1980s, mostly for driving infractions and drug crimes. His drivers license had also been suspended nearly a half-dozen times.
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