18-Year-Old Officially Charged With Birthday Bash Crash

Posted at 1:42 PM, Jun 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-18 14:13:23-04

eric robertsALLEGAN, Mich. — Eighteen-year-old Eric Roberts was charged on Tuesday with operating while intoxicated and causing serious injury, reckless driving and causing impairment of body function.

Roberts is accused of Hitting nine-year-old Jaylynn Hiler with his vehicle while leaving the parking lot at this year’s B-93 Birthday Bash.

Hiler suffered a fractured pelvis after the incident.

During his probable cause hearing on June 11 testimony before Allegan County District Court, Capt. Scott Matice said Roberts had a blood alcohol content between .07 and .08. The legal limit in Michigan is .08 for people 21 and over, and .02 for anyone under 21.

“Roberts did drive past several vehicles which were stopped in a line trying to get out of the event and was passing them at a higher rate of speed in the grassy area when he struck the victim,” Matice said.

Roberts’ next court date is June 20.