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Man charged in fatal crash

 

Matthew Joseph Vainavicz

Matthew Joseph Vainavicz

A Tyrone Township man was arraigned on multiple charges Monday for causing the accident that took the life of a Wyoming woman last week. According to police, he was driving on a suspended license and was intoxicated.

The accident occurred about 7:54 p.m., September 3, at the intersection of 20 Mile and Tyrone Ave NW. The Kent County Sheriff Department said that a 1994 Ford truck, driven by 26-year-old Matthew Joseph Vainavicz, was southbound on Tyrone Ave, and failed to stop at the intersection, where it struck a 2010 Charger. The front seat passenger of the Charger, Anna Escutia-Chavez, 25, of Wyoming, was transported by Aero Med to the hospital, but died from her injuries. The driver of the Charger, Jose Alfredo Gavina, 25, of Kentwood, and Vainavicz were also transported to the hospital.

Vainavicz was arrested on Friday, September 5, and arraigned on Monday, September 8, on four charges: 1. Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death–Victim Anna Lissette Escutia-Chavez; 2. Operating While License Suspended Causing Death–Victim Anna Lissette Escutia-Chavez; 3. Operating While Intoxicated Causing Serious Impairment of a Body Function–Victim Jose Alfredo Gavina; 4. Operating While License Suspended Causing Serious Impairment of a Body Function–Victim Jose Alfredo Gavina.

Bond was set at $100,000.

 

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