Prosecutor: Woman was on drugs, fleeing police in deadly Detroit crash on Lappin

Otter Lake woman charged in Lappin Street crash that killed 19-year-old woman

DETROIT – An Otter Lake woman is facing charges for her part in car crash that killed a 19-year-old woman on Detroit's east side.

Alyssa Marie Verbeke, 28, was allegedly fleeing Warren police and driving under the influence of drugs when she struck the victim's vehicle about 6 p.m. Sunday at Fairport and Lappin streets in Detroit. 

After the crash, Verbeke fled on foot but was apprehended by Warren police officers, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. 

The woman driving the car that Verbeke struck was Daziah Tanae Crawford, 19. She was transported to a hospital where she died. A 15-year-old boy was in the vehicle with Crawford. He also was transported to a hospital where he was listed in temporary serious condition. 

Verbeke was treated for injuries at a hospital. 

She is charged with:

  • Second-degree murder
  • Fleeing a police officer first-degree
  • Reckless driving causing death
  • Operating a vehicle with license suspended, revoked, or denied, causing death
  • Controlled substance -- possession of a controlled substance less than 25 grams

She was arraigned Wednesday afternoon where a not guilty plea was entered by the court on her behalf.

Verbeke was deemed a flight risk and a danger to the community. She was remanded to custody of the Wayne County Jail.

She's expected back in court on Aug. 22 for a probable cause conference. A preliminary examination is scheduled for Aug. 28 before Judge Deborah Lewis Langston.

A 19-year-old woman died in a crash on Detroit's east side Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. (WDIV)
A 19-year-old woman died in a crash on Detroit's east side Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. (WDIV)

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