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2014-03-13 / Front Page

Creek man faces life in deadly wrong-way crash

BY LANIA ROCHA
810-452-2652 • lrocha@mihomepaper.com


Zachary Lee Parker Zachary Lee Parker FLINT – A Swartz Creek man is charged with second-degree murder in the wrong-way crash death of a woman in Mundy Township.

Zachary Lee Parker, 18, was driving south in the northbound lanes of US-23, south of West Grand Blanc Road, on Feb. 9 when his Chevrolet Impala collided with a northbound vehicle in which Mariah Bailey-Collins was a passenger, Prosecutor David Leyton alleges.

Bailey-Collins, 36, of Mount Morris Township, was riding with her husband of four days, Bryan Collins, and her 11-yearold son.

Prosecutors claim Parker had a 0.197 blood alcohol content at the time of the crash. A 0.08 blood alcohol content is considered drunk in Michigan.

Second-degree murder carries a penalty of life in prison.

Parker also faces manslaughter, operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and reckless driving causing death, which are punishable by 15 years behind bars; and operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, reckless driving causing serious impairment, operating while intoxicated causing serious injury and reckless driving causing serious impairment, which have penalties of five years in prison.

Evidence suggests that around 7 p.m., Parker and “a group of underage persons” began drinking whiskey at Boulder Creek Apartments on East Maple Ave. near Fenton Road, Leyton alleges.

Parker reportedly left around 10 p.m., the prosecutor said.

“Soon after, 9-1-1 begins receiving numerous reports of a white vehicle traveling south on northbound US-23,” he said. “At 10:15 p.m., 9-1-1- receives a call reporting a head-on crash.”

Leyton called the crash a “harsh example” of drunken driving.

“A man has lost his bride, and a boy has lost his mother,” said Leyton.

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