Dowagiac woman charged in bike crash that killed 3-year-old boy

Posted at 4:12 PM, Dec 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-01 16:12:32-05

BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Dowagiac woman has been charged after hitting and killing a three-year-old boy while driving her van in June.

Teri Abiney, 52, was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Death in the crash that happened on June 3rd.

Police say that Taeyon Richard, 3, was riding his bike at about 9:45pm near the intersection of Council Drive and Crystal Court when he was hit by the van driven by Abiney.  He was taken to the hospital where he died shortly after the crash.

Investigators allege that Abiney had cocaine in her system at the time of the crash.  She faces up to 15 years in prison.  She will next be in court on December 9th.