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Both Drivers in Crash That Killed Five Lacked Valid License

M-59 Accident LawyerBoth drivers in the two-vehicle crash that left five dead and three critically injured did not have valid driver’s licenses, according to the Livingston Daily.

Michigan Secretary of State records show that Matthew Jordan Carrier — identified by police as the driver who failed to stop at an intersection in Oceola Township, causing the fiery crash — had a suspended driver’s license due to unpaid traffic tickets and an "unsatisfactory driving record while on probation as a new driver," SOS spokesman Fred Woodhams said today per the story on the Free Press' website.

The other driver, identified by police as Albert Rudolph Boswell, 39, of Oakland County, "wasn't able to drive legally" because he had an expired license, Woodhams said.

Police said Carrier, 22, of Fenton, was driving a burnt orange-colored 2002 Subaru south on Argentine Road when he failed to stop at the stop sign at the M-59 intersection and struck a Cadillac Escalade that was traveling east on M-59.

Sgt. Mike Sura said Carrier’s car rolled and caught fire. Both vehicles stopped at the southeast corner of the intersection in a grassy area.

Carrier and passenger Kyle Eugene Lixie, 23, were both taken to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Passengers Justin Andrew-Humberto Henderson, 20, and Preston Taylor Wetzel, 24, both of Fenton, were killed in the crash.

Boswell also was taken to the hospital. His passengers died at the scene. The passengers were identified as his girlfriend, Candice Lynn Dunn, 35, of Oakland County, who had been recognized just hours before as the Michigan Department of Corrections probation agent of the year, and her mother Linda K. Hurley, 69, and her mother’s boyfriend, Jerome Joseph Tortomasi, 73, both of Macomb County.

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