LAPEER, MI – The Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office issued formal criminal charges against a 45-year-old Davision man stemming from a drunk driving double fatal crash that occurred in August of 2019.
A six count felony warrant that included the criminal charges of operating while intoxicated causing death and reckless driving causing death were issued against Michael Burns, 45-years-old, of Davison (formerly of North Branch).
On Sunday August 25th, 2019, at 3:41 PM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies to a car versus motorcycle injury traffic crash on N. Lapeer (M-24) north of Mayfield Road in Lapeer.
A 2005 GMC Envoy was traveling north upon N. Lapeer Road. Witnesses informed deputies that they observed an erratic driving pattern associated to this vehicle prior to the collision. Just north of Mayfield Road, the Envoy crossed the centerline into the southbound lane within the path of a 2012 Harley Davidson. The collision was considered “head on” and both occupants on the motorcycle (wearing helmets) were ejected.
The driver and lone occupant of the Envoy is a 45 year old man from North Branch. The driver was transported to McLaren in Lapeer and hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
The motorcycle rider, Brian Stamp, 53-years-old, from Marlette and passenger Rhonda McHaffy, 51-years-old, from Marlette, were pronounced dead at the scene. The relationship between Stamp and McHaffy was boyfriend/girlfriend.
N. Lapeer Road was closed between Mayfield Road and Plum Creek Road for approximately 2 1?2 hours for rescue and investigative purposes. Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by Lapeer County EMS Ambulance Service, Medstar Ambulance Service, and Lapeer City Fire and Rescue.
Michael Burns surrendered at the Lapeer County Jail on January 11th, 2020. Michael Burns was
arraigned in the 71-A District Court in Lapeer and released from the Lapeer County Jail on
bond. Michael Burns’ next schedule court date is later this week.
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