HOWELL (CCN) — A Livingston County judge came down hard Friday on a 23-year-old Fenton man who pleaded guilty to a drunken driving crash that killed a State Correction Department employee and four others in Livingston County. Matthew Carrier was sentenced to spend 32 1/2 years to 60 years in state prison. Carrier had pleaded guilty to five counts of second degree murder in August.
Killed were two passengers in Carrier's vehicle when he didn't brake for a stop sign, according to police. Three others were killed in the vehicle that struck Carrier's vehicle. One of them was Candice Dunn who was returning home from a banquet where she had been honored as the state's Probation Officer of the Year.
Dunn was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her boyfriend, Albert Boswell. He was also injured in the crash but survived.
Carrier was critically injured but also survived.
He admitted in Livingston County Circuit Court two months ago that he was drunk at the time of the crash and also admitted that he didn't have a driver's license when his 2002 Subaru Impreza zoomed through a stop sign at M-59 while traveling south on Argentine Road at about 10:30 pm on May 17 of last year.
Killed in the accident with the 35-year-old Dunn were her mother, Linda K. Hurley, 69, of Macomb County and her mother’s boyfriend, Jerome Joseph Tortomasi, 73, also of Macomb County. Killed in Carrier's vehicle were Justin Andre-Humberto Henderson, 18, and Preston Tyler Wetzel, 24. One other passenger, Kyle Eugene Lexie, 23, survived.
Police say Carrier was speeding in excess of 100 mph when slamming into the eastbound Cadillac CTS driven by Dunn's boyfriend.