Man accused in fatal crash blames brakes

The man accused of driving drunk and killing two sisters and their aunt earlier this week in Van Buren County is blaming the head-on crash on his brakes, and not the drinks he admitted he had before getting behind the wheel.

That's according to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium.

The crash happened Tuesday night, near the intersection of County Road 388 and 62nd Street in Geneva Township, that's near South Haven.

David Glen Johnson, 32, is facing eleven felony counts, including second-degree murder and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing death.

During his arraignment Friday, he admitted to drinking prior to the accident, but said it was his brakes locking up that ultimately led to the collision. Brittney King, 24, of Bangor, as well as Kandice Berryhill, 2, and Cassadi Berryhill, 4, both of South Haven, were killed when Johnson's pickup collided with their car.

The girls' father, Justin Berryhill, 24, survived the crash and was released from the hospital Friday. According to family members, he's now in a wheelchair from his injuries.

Johnson will be back in court November 28 for a preliminary hearing. Until then, he'll remain behind bars without bond.

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