Angelo Rickey Smith, from Detroit, was arraigned in Macomb County on Monday on five charges, including: felony murder, second-degree murder, first-degree fleeing a police office, second-degree fleeing a police officer and commission of a felony with a motor vehicle.
The charges come days after a car crash in Sterling Heights killed a 20-year-old woman in the early morning of April 30.
That night, Macomb County deputies were dispatched to Jim Riehl’s Friendly Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram of Romeo following reports of reckless driving in the area. Surveillance footage later showed that four individuals had broken into the dealership and stolen four vehicles.
Initial report: Driver fleeing police causes deadly crash in Sterling Heights
When the first deputy arrived at the dealership, a red 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee reportedly exited the parking lot at a high rate of speed. Police say Smith was inside this vehicle and believed to have been operating it. Another individual was also inside the vehicle at that time.
A deputy pursued the Jeep, which traveled northbound on Van Dyke Road and then eastbound on 30 Mile Road. Officials say the Jeep was driving at a high rate of speed and the police pursuit was called off near Van Dyke and 26 Mile roads.
After police called off their pursuit, Smith continued driving southbound on Van Dyke Road at speeds over 100 mph, running red lights at every major intersection, officials said.
Upon running a red light on Van Dyke Road near 15 Mile Road, the driver of the Jeep crashed into a Chevrolet Malibu, instantly killing the driver, a 20-year-old woman, Sterling Heights police said.
Upon crashing, both the Jeep and the Chevrolet crashed into a third vehicle, a Hyundai Sonata. Police say the driver and passenger of the Hyundai sustained minor injuries in the crash.
Smith sustained some injuries and was taken to the hospital following the crash, police said. He was placed into police custody.
Officials say there was another passenger in the Jeep at the time of the crash who fled the scene on foot following the crash. That person has not yet been located.
As of Tuesday, Smith is still at the hospital receiving treatment for his injuries, officials said. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.