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Detroit Woman Charged in Fatal Car Crash that Killed Two at Puritan and Greenfield

DETROIT, MI – Taneka M. Blanding, 35-years-old, of Detroit, is being charged in connection with an alcohol related fatal car crash that killed two women.

On May 5, 2018 at 10:06 p.m., it is alleged that Blanding was driving her car at a high rate of speed when she disregarded a red signal at Greenfield and Puritan in Detroit. Alleged Drunk Driver

The victims were traveling west on Puritan Avenue at 10:06 p.m., when a Chrysler Town & Country van, driven by Taneka Blanding, was traveling south on Greenfield Road when she ran a red light and struck a Ford Escape.

Blanding crashed into the Ford Escape driven by a 35-year-old woman with a 28-year-old woman, April Holmes, in the front passenger seat. The two victims, both Detroit residents, were taken to a local hospital where they later succumbed to their injuries.

The defendant 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.

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.

Based on records from the Michigan Department of Corrections, Taneka Blanding was previously convicted for:

  • Police Officer – Assault/Resist/Obstruct – Attempt – Year – 2012
  • Malicious Destruction Personal Property, $1,000 – $20,000- Year – 2012

She was released from prison in December of 2017.

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