Partial Guilty Verdict Follows Double Fatal Crash Trial

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KENT COUNTY, Mich (April 22, 2014) – A Kent County man accused of causing a crash that killed two people last October has been found guilty of drunken driving causing death for one of the victims.

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Joseph Ford (Photo: Kent County Sheriff’s Department)

On October 10, a three vehicle crash near 36th and Patterson claimed the lives of 20-year-old Andrea Herrera and 23-year-old Eric Fischer.

After three days of testimony and more than 7 hours of deliberation on Monday, a jury found Joseph Ford guilty of drunken driving causing death and reckless driving causing death in the case of Herrera.

A jury also found Ford guilty of a misdemeanor offense causing death in the case of Fischer.  The jury was told during the trial that Fischer was also driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Ford faces up to 15 years in prison for the Herrera conviction when he’s sentenced in mid-May.

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  • tracyd112

    Real good so drive drunk kill 2 people get 5 to 15 and be out in3and a half. Sell dugs to a person and the die from there own doing get life?Kill or rape a child get less the 10 years rob a bank or store for money to feed your family get 20 to 30 WE HAVE SOME GREAT LAWS TO PROTECT OUR MONEY AND FOOD BUT WHEN IT COMES TO LIEF'S THE COURTS ACT LIKE THEY ARE WORTHLESS. HOW MANY MUST DIE FROM DRUNK DRIVERS BEFORE THEY HARDEN THE SENTENCE?I hope the family's of these 2 that lost there lifes get some closer and RIP the 2 that lost there life's to this piece of crap.As justice was not served!