DETROIT, MI – There has been so much confusion this past week regarding the deaths of two people who lost their lives in a Ford Escape because a woman, allegedly drunk, was behind the wheel of a Chrysler Van when she slammed into the Escape on Puritan near Greenfield Rd last Saturday evening.
The three victims were traveling west in a Ford Escape on Puritan Avenue at 10:06 p.m. A Chrysler Town & Country van, driven by Taneka Blanding, was traveling south on Greenfield Road. Blanding, allegedly drunk behind the wheel of her vehicle, ran a red light and slammed into the Ford Escape.
The occupants of the Ford Escape were two men and one woman. Killed in the accident were 28-year-old April Holmes, 35-year-old Printess Leon Tucker. The third person who was in the Escape is in critical condition at Sinai-Grace Hospital.
Today Friday May 8th, 2018, Taneka Blanding, 35-years-old, of Detroit, was formally charged with the deaths of the two victims. Blanding has been charged with two counts each of Second Degree Murder, Operating While Under the Influence Causing Death, Reckless Driving-Death Resulting. She is also charged with one count each of Operating While Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Operating a Motor Vehicle with a High Blood Alcohol Level, and Driver-Open Intoxicant in a Motor Vehicle.
Taneka Blanding was arraigned on the warrant at 2:30 this afternoon before 36th District Court Magistrate Millicent Sherman. The probable cause conference is scheduled for May 18, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.; the preliminary examination is scheduled for May 22, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Both hearings are before Judge Lydia Nance Adams in 36th District Court.
She was given no bond and remanded back to jail until her next court appearance.
Confusion has been ongoing since the incident occurred last weekend. There have been reports of two people who were killed. Then other reports that there was a third that had died. Officially, at this time, it was April Holmes and Printess Leon Tucker who died from their injuries sustained in the accident. The third person is alive in the hospital but is in critical condition.
Taneka Blanding should have never been allowed to get behind the wheel of that van for more reasons than just being drunk. Blanding has had multiple issues with vehicles, tickets, no insurance, no license and the list goes on.
She has had her own revolving door on the court house. In searching through court documents, as close as can be known, she has had at least 48 different cases that she has had to answer to in 36th District Court.