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Mother arrested, charged in Holland Twp. SUV crash that killed 3 kids

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Posted at 2:45 PM, Jul 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-21 09:56:56-04

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The mother who drove a car into an icy Holland Township pond earlier this year has been arraigned.

The crash resulted in the deaths of three children after the SUV struck a curb and overturned into the pond on February 17, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say Leticia Marie Gonzales, 30, was arraigned Wednesday, one day after charges were filed on three counts of driving while intoxicated resulting in death.


Court documents obtained by FOX 17 revealed that methadone was detected in the mother's blood following an analysis of a sample taken after the crash.

Methadone is used to treat pain or narcotic drug addiction.

According to the filing, Gonzalez admitted to deputies that she took it regularly as part of a treatment program.

She ingested her "normal dose" of methadone at a licensed facility the morning of the crash, but afterwards she asked to "borrow a dose" of it from someone else. They told deputies she had to come to them before while being "dopesick" and asked about Methadone that they had access to.

Deputies say Gonzalez picked up the extra dose of methadone from the other person's home with her three children in the car. The crash was reported shortly afterwards.

Gonzales was arrested shortly after those charges were filed on Tuesday, authorities say. She was placed on a $250,000 cash/surety bond and is currently lodged at the Ottawa County Jail.

Those with knowledge regarding the crash are encouraged to connect with deputies or Silent Observer at 1-877-88-SILENT.

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