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Michigan trooper pleads guilty in fatal July on-duty crash

Posted at 12:28 PM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-14 13:31:17-05

LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan State Police trooper pleaded guilty this week to misdemeanor reckless driving in an July 19 crash that killed a 26-year-old DeWitt man.

Brian Wiles, 22, was initially charged with a misdemeanor moving violation causing death in connection with a crash that killed David Engel.

Court records indicate Wiles pleaded guilty Tuesday to reckless driving in Clinton County’s 65A District Court.

The crash occurred in the area of southbound Business 127 and Cutler Road. State police determined Wiles was at fault in the crash.

Police said Wiles’ patrol vehicle – with overhead lights and sirens activated – crashed into a semi-truck. The crash caused the semi-truck to strike the rear of another vehicle, killing Engel, police said.

Following the crash, Wiles was treated and released from the hospital. The semi-truck driver was uninjured.

Wiles remains on suspension pending conclusion of criminal proceedings, said Shanon Banner, a state police spokeswoman.

Wiles is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 4 before Judge Michael Clarizio.

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