CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - The driver behind the wheel in the fatal wrong-way crash on I-275 in Canton Township was sentenced Thursday after pleading no contest to charges in connection with the deaths of an engaged couple.
Michael Gerard Stack, 59, of Wolverine Lake, was charged with two counts of reckless driving causing death and one count of open intoxicant in a vehicle in connection to a deadly crash Dec. 12, 2017 on I-275 in Canton Township. He was bound over to stand trial on the charges earlier this year but later pleaded no contest.
On Thursday he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He showed remorse during the hearing.
According to authorities, the investigation revealed the driver of a pickup truck was initially traveling southbound on I-275 when he drove across the center median and re-entered the roadway driving against northbound traffic, before striking a northbound vehicle.
Engaged couple Nicholas Pare and Shannon McIntyre were inside the vehicle that was struck in the northbound lanes of I-275 near Palmer Road, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office.
Blood results revealed that in addition to having no alcohol in his system, Stack's test results also came back negative for other drugs, Michigan State Police said. He was tested after an open container of alcohol was found in the vehicle after the fatal collision, authorities said.
Stack resigned Jan. 4 from the Wolverine Lake Village Council.
The northbound lanes of I-275 were shut down at Michigan Avenue for several hours.
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