Driver Charged in Berrien County Fatal Accident

According to the Michigan State Police, a fatal DUI crash took place on I-94 in Berrien County just days ago, leaving one person dead and another behind bars.

Reports from the MSP Niles post reveal that officers received a call from a concerned motorist about a wrong way driver on I-94 that evening. The caller told dispatch that the vehicle, a light colored Mercury Grand Marquis, was traveling on the shoulder of the freeway near Niles road. It was described as going somewhere between 30 and 80 miles per hour.

But before troopers could get to the driver to intercept the vehicle, there was a collision. At about ten minutes before nine pm that evening, the Mercury struck another vehicle that was pulled over on the shoulder. Beside the parked vehicle was 21-year-old Devante Fisher, a resident of Benton Harbor. He had pulled over due to a flat tire. Sadly, Fisher did not survive the collision.

Troopers arrived on the scene and arrested 24-year-old Bo Parsons, a resident of Dowagiac and the driver of the Grand Marquis. They transported him to the Berrien County Jail and bail was set at $15,000.

Some media sources have said that Devante was alone in his vehicle at the time of the collision, which seems to be the general consensus. Although one man who claims to have been present at the time, says he saw what happened and helped two female passengers who were also in the car with Devante. However no other information supports this claim. Additionally, there seems to be some debate about whether Devante was inside his car at the time of the collision, or outside changing the tire.

Parsons was arraigned in the Berrien County Court, where he was formally charged with single counts of operating while intoxicated causing death, and “super drunk” driving. As of yet his blood alcohol level hasn’t been revealed to the public, and so we have no more details about the “super drunk” charge.

Under Michigan law operating while intoxicated causing death is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in jail, with fines of up to $10,000. In addition, there are other punishments, including mandatory vehicle immobilization and even possible financial restitution to consider.

The accident is still under investigation by the Michigan State Police.

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