North Carolina man charged in crash that killed 4-year-old daughter in Livingston County

Authorities say alcohol, speed appear to be factors in the crash

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mich. – A 36-year-old North Carolina man has been charged in a vehicle crash that killed his 4-year-old daughter in Livingston County.

Officials said Jonathan Osborne, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, is charged with one count of moving violation causing death, two counts of moving violation causing serious injury and one count of open intoxicants in a motor vehicle.

Osborne’s bond is set at $30,000.

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His 33-year-old wife and 8-year-old son were injured in the crash and are currently recovering at a Michigan hospital.

Officials said that at about 11 p.m. on Jan. 1, Osborne lost control of the vehicle while driving northbound on US-23, south of Highland Road. The 2006 Ford Expedition reportedly left the roadway and struck several trees.

Police said the 4-year-old girl was ejected from the vehicle during the crash and died at the scene.

Officials with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office said excessive speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.

Jonathan Osborne (WDIV)

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DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.