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State trooper charged with misdemeanor in fatal crash

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 13:21:29-04

DEWITT TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Michigan State Police trooper has been charged with a misdemeanor in a fatal crash in DeWitt Township.

Investigators say Trooper Brian Wiles crashed into a semi-truck, which then struck the rear of another vehicle, killing 26-year-old David Engel of DeWitt.

Engel's vehicle was stopped southbound on Business 127 and was waiting to turn left onto Cutler Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wiles was treated and released from the hospital. The truck driver did not have any injuries.

Officials say 22-year-old Wiles is charged with a moving violation causing death in the July 19 crash in DeWitt Township in Clinton County.

Police say overhead lights and sirens were activated as he was driving to a Meijer store to investigate a theft.

As a result, state police did suspend the trooper after a complete investigation and review by the Clinton County Prosecutor's Office.

The attorney of Wiles, Patrick O'Keefe of Okemos told FOX 47 that Wiles has been charged with a civil infraction causing death, which is a misdemeanor that carries up to one year in jail.

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