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Charges issued in May 29 fatal school bus crash on I-94

Posted: 9:01 AM, Sep 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-27 13:01:55Z

Charges have been issued in the fatal crash involving a disabled school bus on May 29.

Michigan State Police Brighton Post and the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office has charged Andre A Edwards, 25, of Ann Arbor, for the crash.

Edwards was arrested Tuesday and arraigned in district court on Wednesday. Bond was set at $500,000.

The crash happened on eastbound Interstate 94, west of U.S. 23, in Washtenaw County's Pittsfield Township.

Nader Chehadi, a 42-year-old Ypsilanti tow truck driver, was killed when an SUV struck a disabled school bus that Chehadi was assisting on the side of the freeway.

Antoinette Butler, 28, a passenger in Edwards' vehicle, died of her injuries on June 1. Three children in Edwards' car also were injured, according to the release.

According to the Michigan State Police's news release, Edwards has been charged with:
• two counts of second degree murder, 
• two counts of operating while intoxicated (alcohol) causing death, 
• two counts of operating while intoxicated (THC) causing death, 
• two counts operating – license suspended, revoked, denied – causing death, 
• three counts of child abuse – second degree,
• three counts of operating while intoxicated (alcohol) causing serious injury,
• one count of operating while intoxicated (alcohol) – third offense,
• one count of operating with the presence of a controlled substance (THC) – third offense, and
• three counts operating – license suspended, revoked, denied – causing serious injury.

Edwards' preliminary exam is scheduled for Oct. 11.