PONTIAC, Mich. – A 26-year-old Royal Oak man who pleaded no contest to operating a vehicle under the influence when his pickup truck rear-ended a car on I-75 in September, killing a 10-year-old girl, is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday afternoon.
Mark Silva Jr. was arrested and charged with one count of OUI causing death and three counts of OUI causing serious impairment. He was arraigned Nov. 22 and is being held at the Oakland County Jail. He pleaded no contest to the charges on Feb. 15.
His sentencing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday in front of Judge Nanci Grant at Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac.
Family members said 10-year-old Lalonni Yharbough, of Eastpointe, had just attended a friend's birthday party the night of Sept. 17 at an Oakland County trampoline game park. On the way home, with her 23-year-old older sister Jasmine Yharbough at the wheel, a pickup truck rear-ended their 2009 Pontiac G6 on I-75 with Lalonni and four other family members inside. The crash happened just north of I-696 on I-75 south.
The truck shot into a ditch. The G6 careened up an embankment and into a bridge abutment. The impact was so strong it launched Lalonni out of the car and down onto the highway. Police said she was not wearing a seatbelt.
A driver in another car stood guard over her body until police arrived.
Jasmine Yharbough, of Harper Woods, suffered broken arms and head injuries.