Driver charged in Livingston County crash that killed 5 appears in court

Matthew Carrier, 22, faces second-degree murder charges

Matthew Carrier in court Aug. 23, 2017. (WDIV)
Matthew Carrier in court Aug. 23, 2017. (WDIV)

HOWELL, Mich. – The driver accused of killing five people May 9 in Livingston County appeared in court Wednesday morning for a probable cause conference.

Matthew Carrier is facing second-degree murder and operating while intoxicated causing death charges. The last time he was in court he was emotional. He was formally charged with the murder of his own friends and others.

On Wednesday, a preliminary examination was scheduled for Sept. 21 and 22. Carrier is being held at the Livingston County Jaily without bond. 

What happened

The crash happened on M-59 at Argentine Road in Oceola Township. Prosecutors say Carrier was drunk when he blew through a stop sign and T-boned another vehicle. 

Michigan State Police said Carrier's vehicle was traveling at a very high rate of speed, perhaps 100 mph, southbound on Argentine Road and blew through the stop sign at M-59. The vehicle he hit was traveling eastbound on M-59. 

That vehicle also caught fire. Inside was Candice Dunn, her mother Linda Hurley and her mother's boyfriend Jerome Tortomasi. All three were killed. Dunn's boyfriend, Albert Boswel, also was in the vehicle and was badly injured. 

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Inside Carrier's car were three of his friends: Justin Henderson, Preston Wetzel and Kyle Lixie. Henderson and Wetzel were killed in the crash while Lixie was badly injured. 

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Driver's mother speaks out

A few days after the crash, Carrier's mother Stephanie Allen spoke out. 

"I just feel horrible, not only for my son but for the people who died and their friends and family," said Allen. 

Carrier is charged with five counts of second-degree murder. At the time of the crash his license was suspended for unpaid parking tickets. He also has a checkered driving record. 

Previous trouble

Carrier was cited twice as a minor in possession of alcohol and one other time for driving while impaired. All of those convictions came before he was 21 years old.

That was enough for the judge to deny bond. He has been held at the Livingston County Jail. 

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