Man accused of killing bicyclist found not guilty of reckless driving causing death

Published: Jan. 27, 2023 at 5:45 PM EST
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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (WNDU) - A Benton Harbor man accused of killing a bicyclist in Stevensville in 2019 has been found not guilty of reckless driving causing death and reckless driving causing serious bodily impairment.

According to our reporting partners at The Herald-Palladium, Sammie Davis, 40, was found not guilty of those charges on Thursday. However, Davis was found guilty of failure to stop at a personal injury accident causing serious bodily impairment or death and driving with a suspended license.

Officials say Davis was driving home from a casino along Red Arrow Highway back on Nov. 20, 2019, when he hit Joel Crider, 57, of Stevensville with his SUV. Crider was taken to the hospital, then transferred to a rehabilitation facility where he died Feb. 2, 2020.

Berrien Assistant Prosecutor Amy Byrd says failure to stop at an injury accident is a five-year felony, but because Davis was charged as a habitual offender, he faces up to life in prison.

Davis remains free on bond pending sentencing on April 17.

Sammie Davis
Sammie Davis(The Herald-Palladium)

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