A 4-year-old girl from Fayetteville, North Carolina was killed in automobile crash on U.S. 23 in Livingston County on Friday, Jan. 1.
According to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday Jan. 1, at approximately 11 p.m., deputies with the sheriff’s office were dispatched to northbound U.S. 23 south of Highland Road on the report of a single vehicle crash with possible injuries.
The investigation revealed that a 36-year-old man from Fayetteville, North Carolina, later identified as Jonathan Osborne, was operating a 2006 Ford Expedition northbound when he lost control of the vehicle causing it to leave the roadway and strike several trees. Osborne’s 33-year-old wife, 8-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter were in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
During the crash, the 4-year-old girl was ejected from the vehicle and succumbed to injuries at the scene. The other occupants of the vehicle were extricated by personnel from the Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority and transported to the University of Michigan Hospital for treatment of injuries.
Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Michigan State Police Brighton Post and Livingston County EMS.
Osborne has been charged with one count of moving violation causing death, two counts of moving violation causing serious injury and one count of open intoxicants in a motor vehicle. Bond has been set at $30,000. Osborne’s wife and son are currently at U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor recovering from their injuries.