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July 31, 2013

Man charged after crash on Van Dyke

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

WARREN — A 27-year-old Shelby Township man has been charged with two 15-year felonies after the Jeep he was driving allegedly crossed the left turn lane on Van Dyke at Chicago Road July 17 and struck a motorcycle head-on, resulting in the death of its operator.

Shawn Michael Fontyn was arraigned in 37th District Court before Judge Matthew Sabaugh July 19 on charges of driving with a suspended license causing death and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Warren Police Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said 58-year-old Timothy Lynch, of Washington Township, was killed as he was heading home north on Van Dyke from his job at the U.S. Army’s Detroit Arsenal shortly after 5:30 p.m. July 17.

Fontyn’s Jeep was reportedly going south on Van Dyke when it crossed the center turn lane and struck Lynch’s Honda motorcycle in the northbound lane closest to the center of the roadway. Mills said Lynch was thrown over the top of the Jeep, landed in the curb lane of traffic and was struck by another vehicle. He said the Jeep also struck another vehicle and then caught fire at the scene of the crash, but that no other injuries were reported.

A blood sample taken after the crash reportedly showed Fontyn had opiates in his system.

“We’ll address that at the preliminary exam. Our investigation is still ongoing,” Mills said July 25. 

Fontyn was scheduled to be back in court for a preliminary examination before Judge Dean Ausilio at 8:45 a.m. July 30, after the Warren Weekly went to press. He remained held in the Macomb County Jail with bail set at $300,000.

His attorney, James Galen, could not be reached for comment at press time.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brian Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1089.