Charges authorized in fatal hit-and-run in downtown GR

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Prosecutors have authorized charges against a driver who allegedly hit and killed a couple near a Grand Rapids bar and drove off.

The crash happened around 11:13 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Grandville Avenue and Oakes Street, in front of Grand Woods Lounge. Todd Fuhr and Tracy Curtiss Fuhr, both 56, were killed.

Investigators were searching for the vehicle that hit the couple until Sunday morning, when a tip led them to the vehicle and driver. On Monday, prosecutors authorized charges against 44-year-old Jason McCann.

A mug shot of Jason McCann.

McCann has a history of driving while intoxicated. In 2004, he pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated after being pulled over by Zeeland police officers. He entered another guilty plea in 2016 following a DUI arrest by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.

McCann is facing two counts of failing to stop at the scene of an accident when at-fault causing death and two counts of reckless driving causing death. Each count carries a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

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  • kiz miazz

    And he us NOT charged with Drunk Driving, a 3rd count would have made it a Felony on top of the other counts he is facing. Nice to have strict laws for Drunk Driving, but when the driver is better off fleeing the scene, how effective are they?

    • Michael

      OWI causing death is a 15 year felony. Reckless driving causing death is a 15 year felony.

      The penalties are the same and you don’t charge both. I’m not sure your comment about being better off fleeing is accurate.

    • steve

      Kiz, the time between the incident and the time he was arrested was twelve hours. He probably was drunk at the time the event occurred, but by the time he was arrested he was legally sober.

    • Tom T

      He either sobered up, or the prosecutor is waiting on blood-work. Charges CAN be added, but they also go for a safe prosecution. They will get him for the charges he has, they may not be able to for DUI.

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