Driver Charged in Mt. Clemens Fatal Pedestrian Crash of Crossing Guard

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MOUNT CLEMENS, MI – On Friday March 3rd, 2018, at approximately 7:50am, Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Cass Ave. near S. Rose St. for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.Kathleen Vuylstetke

The adult pedestrian was struck by a maroon minivan. The pedestrian was transported to the hospital and was in critical condition that morning.

The pedestrian, Angeles White, 57-years-old, out of Lenox Township, died as a result of her injuries on 3/30/18. No one else was injured.

The pedestrian was actually a teacher who was working as a crossing guard on Cass Ave. near Prevail Academy in Mt. Clemens that Friday when the accident happened. According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s office, the 57-year-old Lenox Township woman was a teacher at Prevail Academy in Mt. Clemens.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office completed their investigation and the case was turned over to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.

One count of Failure to Stop at the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Serious Impairment or Death (5 year felony) and one count of a Moving Violation Causing Death (1 year misdemeanor) were issued for Kathleen Vuylsteke, 51-years-old, out of Mt. Clemens.

“Ms. White greeted students, parents, and passersby on Cass Ave. with a smile and wave every morning. Her death is a loss felt by many,” said Prosecutor Smith. “It is my mission to see that justice is done, and the defendant is held accountable for her actions.”

Vuylsteke was traveling eastbound on Cass Ave. in a 2003 maroon Dodge Caravan when she struck White, who was working as a crossing guard for Prevail Academy in Mt. Clemens. After striking White, Vuylsteke continued to travel eastbound on Cass Ave. Witnesses to this incident attempted to block Vuylsteke’s vehicle and followed her as she continued to travel around them.

Vuylsteke did return to the scene a short time later and was cooperative with deputies. “We are thankful our community came together and provided us with valuable information to make sure our investigation was thorough. The case presented to the Prosecutor’s Office will be strong and will hold the defendant accountable for her actions.” Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.

Vuylsteke was arraigned in the 41-1 District Court in Mt. Clemens on 5/31/18. She was given a $10,000 (personal bond) and is scheduled to be back in court on 6/13/18 at 8:30am for a probable cause conference.

This is not the first time that Kathleen Vuylsteke has been in trouble.  Based on records from the Michigan Department of Corrections she was previously convicted for the following:

8 counts of Financial Transaction Device- Stealing/Retaining w/o Consent

2 count of Uttering & Publishing

Financial Transaction Device – Illegal Sale/Use

 

 

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