Man Charged With OWI in Fatal Kent Co. Crash

Posted at 3:12 PM, Oct 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-11 16:27:29-04

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A man was charged Friday with causing death while driving impaired in connection with the Thursday crash on Patterson and 36th.

Joseph Jay Ford, 27, of Wyoming was charged in 63rd District Court with two counts of operating while impaired causing death.

At 9:51 p.m., deputies say Ford was driving northbound on Patterson Avenue and collided with a westbound vehicle driven by 23-year-old Caledonia man Eric Fischer.  The two vehicles then collided with an eastbound semi-truck, killing Fischer and his 20-year-old Andrea Herrera of Lowell.

Both Ford and the 50-year-old driver of the semi suffered non-life threatening injuries.  Ford is currently held on $50,000 bond and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 23.