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Man Charged in Fatal Bruce Twp. Accident that Left Shelby Man Injured

A 23-year-old Imlay City man was charged on four counts Thursday in an Aug. 30 crash in Bruce Township that killed a Clifford man and injured a Shelby Township man.

A 23-year-old Imlay City man faces several charges stemming from a crash in on Aug. 30 that left a 32-year-old Clifford man dead and a 58-year-old Shelby Township man injured.

Cody Richard Will was arraigned Sept. 6 in 42nd District Court in Romeo on four counts:

  • Moving violation causing death (Misdemeanor: 93 days in jail and/or $2,000 penalty)
  • Moving violation causing serious impairment of a body function (Misdemeanor: 93 days in jail and/or $500 fine)
  • Motor Vehicle-operating without security (Misdemeanor: not more than 1 year in jail and/or a fine between $200 and $500)
  • License plate, registration, title - unlawful use (Misdemeanor: 90 days and or $100)

A $5,000 personal bond was set for Will.

The Macomb County Sheriff's Office said Will smashed into the rear of a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix that was on southbound Van Dyke Avenue between 34 and 35 Mile Road around 7 p.m. Aug. 30. The Pontiac's driver, Michael Ray Bowlsby, was waiting to make a left hand turn into the Romeo Rim Plant parking lot. The impact forced Bowlsby's vehicle into the northbound travel lane where it was struck by a 2003 Dodge Caravan driven by a 58-year-old Shelby Township man.

Bowlsby was transported to Henry Ford Hospital where he died. The Shelby Township man was also transported to Henry Ford Hospital to be treated for injuries.

The Clifford and Shelby Township drivers were wearing their seat belts, but deputies say it is unknown at this time if Bowlsby was as well.

Alcohol or drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident, and the roads were clear and dry, the sheriff's office reports.

Macomb Rocker September 08, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Can't they get more on this POS than this? When you're driving like he did (illegally) and kill someone, the prosecutor should treat it like manslaughter or 2nd degree murder.
tina boyd September 10, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I am so pissed that this guy is getting away with taken a good man away from his family and all the friends and co worker's he had. He was loved and cared by so many people. A drunk driver gets in more trouble than a guy killing someone. How is this possible?
FrodoQQ September 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM
I'm stunned that the punishment if found guilty of these 4 charges this guy gets nothing more than a slight short interruption and inconvenience in his life!
Nickerbocker September 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM
He needs to be charges with manslaughter. I can't believe he isn't being charged with a felony. HE TOOK HIS EYES OFF THE ROAD and was driving ILLEGALLY!! he took a man from his wife and kids. This POS needs to get something more than a slap on the wrist. FURIOUS!!
tracey traub March 17, 2013 at 05:12 AM
this could happen to anybody. Thank god you all have never taken your eyes off the road! It was a terrible ACCIDENT!! Only God shall judge!!
Jaylnns Regina March 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Look why don't you guys mind your own buissness! This stuff does not involve you. And not always a guy who was drunk driving gets in more trouble. Get your facts straight people, keep your comments to yourself! Cody is a good man and that other guy might have been to but you don't know. It was a complete accident. You guys should be ashamed of yourselves for saying these hurtful words on here. That could have been you driving and killing that guy! Everyone takes there eyes off the road at some point! Maybe to yell at their kids fighting in the back seat, maybe to take a drink of their coffee and even to change the radio station. He wasn't texting, they took his phone and looked into the records it was proven that he wasn't. Now stop leaving these nastey comments on here because it's disrepectful. This is none of your guys damn buissness.
Macomb Rocker March 18, 2013 at 01:11 PM
The last two comments are obviously by teenyboppers who dont realize how serious this is. This shows how stupid todays kids are
tracey traub March 19, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Not a teenager- 45 years old! Cody was not drinking, doing drugs, or texting--It was an accident!!!
tracey traub March 19, 2013 at 12:37 AM
I think it is very serious!! I think the kid feels very bad already, don't you???

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