Marijuana, high speed involved in fatal U.S. 23 crash

Police said today that a toxicology report detected marijuana in the system of the driver of a car involved in an Oct. 10 crash that killed three Okemos High School graduates and two Ohio residents, and that speed also played a role in the crash.

Police could not, however, say whether the amount of marijuana found in Matthew Kolstoe, 18, was the cause of the accident or when the drug was consumed.

Green Oak Township Deputy Chief Jason Pless said police could not determine the speed the Prius was traveling from crash evidence. However, he said a witness said the car was traveling 85 mph in the northbound lane and the Prius passed her prior to the accident.

The accident occurred on U.S. 23 when a Toyota Prius driven by Kolstoe and carrying three of his fellow 2010 Okemos graduates crossed the median and collided with an oncoming SUV.

The crash killed Kolstoe’s girlfriend, 19-year-old Heather Comstock, and their friend, 18-year-old Sarina Seger. Kolstoe was pronounced dead a short time later at the University of Michigan Hospital. The crash also killed the driver of the SUV, 62-year-old Cynthia Skutt, and her passenger, 56-year-old Alfred King.

Three children in the SUV were treated for injuries and released a short time later. A fourth victim, 18-year-old Humphrey Petersen-Jones of Okemos, was critically injured and was released from the hospital in early November.

via : Lansing State Journal

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