A 28-year-old Sanford, Michigan man has been ordered to stand trial for a hit-and-run in which three women, two of which were from Durham, suffered fatal personal injuries in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
On November 13, a judge in Mackinac County ruled that Dustan Lyle Bowen should stand trial on 16 charges. Included among those charges is second-degree murder.
According to police, Bowen’s vehicle struck 10 people who were attending a family reunion as they walked along a road in Newton Township on July 25. Killed in the collision were 26-year-old Durham resident Jonel Hoogterp, 31-year-old Durham resident Julie Hatch, and 24-year-old Kent City, Michigan resident Sara Dobbrastine. Two other people also suffered injuries.
According to the testimony of a police physician, a blood sample was taken from Bowen after the crash containing a combination of five prescription drugs that could have delayed his reaction time. His attorneys argued there was no way of telling when he took the medication.