A recent crash in Shelby Township has had devastating consequences, claiming the lives of two women. On Thursday afternoon, a multi-vehicle collision on southbound M-53 near 22 Mile Road resulted in fatalities and charges against a Westland man. Thirty-three-year-old Jose Medina-Hernandez, who was driving a box truck, allegedly rear-ended a Buick Verano, causing a chain reaction involving multiple vehicles, as reported by WWJ Newsradio 950.

The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Medina-Hernandez with two counts of moving violation causing death. The victims have been identified as 88-year-old Nancy Richmond and her daughter, 63-year-old Crystal Brunn, both occupants of the Buick, confirmed by the prosecutor, according to The Macomb Daily. After the crash, police determined that Medina-Hernandez is in the U.S. illegally, leading to further investigations by ICE, as WWJ Newsradio 950 reported.

Illegal Immigrant Driver Arraigned After Double-Fatal Crash in Shelby Township
Pictured: 63-year-old Crystal Brunn and her mother, 88-year-old Nancy Richmond

Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide expressed his distress, stating, “This was definitely a preventable accident that took the lives of a loving mother and daughter.” He also noted his concern over Medina-Hernandez’s illegal status in the country, according to a statement obtained by WWJ Newsradio 950. The main focus, however, remains on the profound loss experienced by the victims’ family and community.

The crash involved a Buick Verano that was rear-ended by the suspect’s box truck, resulting in the deaths of the two women

At the arraignment, Medina-Hernandez was held on a $250,000 cash/surety bond, which he was unable to post, resulting in his detention at the Macomb County Jail. According to The Macomb Daily, the offenses carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. “Our office is committed to ensuring that justice is served,” Macomb County Prosecutor Pete Lucido stated, as learned by WWJ Newsradio 950, emphasizing the pursuit of accountability.

The Shelby Township Police Department is actively seeking information from the public about the crash, hoping to “piece together the narrative of this tragic occurrence” and broaden involvement in the wake of the tragedy, as stated in an outreach effort reported by Hoodline. The community is encouraged to contact Officer Washburn with any relevant information to address the incident’s aftermath and help prevent future losses.