Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Deandre Leslie Coody, 31 (DOB: 04/03/1986), of Detroit, in connection with a fatal car crash that killed a six-month-old child and injured three others. On Thursday, May 18, 2017 at approximately 8:20 p.m., it is alleged that Coody was driving south on Archdale Street and disregarded a stop sign at Puritan. Coodyâ€™s car crashed into a car traveling west on Puritan, driven by Latoya Sharese Powels, 40, (DOB: 01/03/1977) of Detroit. It is alleged that Powels was driving while intoxicated with her three children in the rear passenger area of the car, not strapped into their car seats. The three children, a boy six months old, and two girls, two and four years of age, were ejected from the car onto Puritan. It is further alleged that Coody fled the scene in his car. The woman and her three children were privately taken to a local hospital for treatment. At the hospital, the infant boy was pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the crash.
Coody has been charged and arraigned with one count of Failure to Stop at an Accident When at Fault Resulting in Death, two counts of Failure to Stop at an Accident Resulting in Serious Injury Resulting in Death or Serious Impairment, one count of Driving with License Suspended (DWLS) Causing in Death, and two counts of DWLS Causing in Serious Injury.* His probable cause hearing is on May 30, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. and his preliminary examination is on June 6, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Deborah Lewis Langston. He received a $500,000 cash/surety bond.
Defendant Powels is charged with one count Involuntary Manslaughter, three counts Child Abuse Second Degree, one count Operating While Intoxicated (OWI)Occupant Less than 16, and one count OWI High BAC.* Powels was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The defendant was arraigned in the hospital and was given a two million dollar cash/surety bond. The probable cause conference is scheduled for May 30, 2017; the preliminary examination is scheduled for June 6, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Both hearings are before Judge Deborah Lewis Langston in 36th District Court.
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.