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Both drivers in fatal crash had invalid licenses

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Police said five people are dead in Michigan after a 22-year-old driver blew through a rural stop sign and smashed into another vehicle.

And now authorities say that neither driver had a valid license.

The crash happened late Tuesday in Livingston County's Oceola Township, about 10 miles south of the Genesee County line.

State police said a car, driven by 22-year-old Matthew Carrier, failed to stop at a sign and struck a vehicle traveling east on Michigan highway 59. One vehicle caught fire.

Michigan Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams said Carrier's license was suspended due to unpaid tickets and an "unsatisfactory" driving record.

Woodham also told the Livingston Daily Press & Argus Thursday that 39-year-old Albert Boswell "wasn't able to drive legally."

The victims include Candice Dunn, Boswell's wife, who was killed after being honored at a banquet as the state's probation agent of the year. Corrections Department spokesman Chris Gautz said her mother and father also died. Boswell was critically injured.

Carrier, from Fenton, is in critical condition.

The victims in Carrier's vehicle included 20-year-old Justin Henderson and 24-year-old Preston Wetzel, both of Fenton.

Three people were killed in the vehicle Boswell was driving. They have been identified as 69-year-old Linda Hurley, 73-year-old Joseph Tortomasi and Dunn.

Kyle Lixie, who was a passenger in Carrier's car, is also in critical condition. The 23-year-old was ejected from the vehicle, police said.

Candy Cornell was making lunch for her son about 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday when she heard the crash.

"Then I looked out the window and saw there was a fire," Cornell said.

Neighbors said passerbys stopped to assist the victims, even pulling them out of the burning car before the fire department arrived.

A local business owner said she called the state Department of Transportation years ago asking for a traffic light to be installed at the deadly intersection, but she doesn't think it will happen anytime soon.

"They told us we had to be so far back cause they were going to widen it. They haven't even widened it yet, so they're not going to do anything," Joanne Crockette said.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette issued the following statement on the passing of Agent Dunn: 

"Agent Dunn was a dedicated member of the Michigan Department of Corrections in Oakland County for 12 years. As evidenced by her recently being named the 2017 Parole Agent of the Year, Agent Dunn was committed to seeing those under her supervision succeed and helping guide them to a life free of crime. She will be remembered for that immense dedication to improving the lives of others and to making her community a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with Agent Dunn's family, friends and colleagues in this very difficult time."

The crash remains under investigation.

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