Indiana man charged in crash that killed Hudsonville boy

Posted at 9:22 AM, Sep 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-23 09:22:04-04

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. – Formal charges have been filed against an Indiana man accused of starting a pile-up on I-196 that killed a teen in August.

Travis Fox of Crown Point, Indiana has been charged with one count of a moving violation causing death in the August 3 crash that killed David Talsma, 13.  Talsma, of Hudsonville, was riding in a car driven by his sister, Aliya, 16.

Fox allegedly told deputies at the scene he was eating a sandwich and looked down at his GPS at the time of the crash.  Traffic had stopped for a construction zone on eastbound I-196 near the M-6 interchange.

Five vehicles total were involved in the crash. Nine people were hurt.

The charge is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of a year in jail.  Fox has not yet been arraigned.