Hearing delayed for suspect in fatal crash involving motorcycle in Eastpointe

Woman charged with accessory after the fact

By: Brian Louwers | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 31, 2021

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EASTPOINTE — A hearing for an Eastpointe man accused of driving drunk through a stop sign and causing a crash that left one person dead and another injured has been adjourned after the defendant switched attorneys. 

Eric Jermaine Compton, 39, allegedly disregarded a stop sign at the intersection of Holland and Rosalind avenues, near Nine Mile and Kelly roads, on Aug. 15 and struck a motorcycle operated by 64-year-old Bradley Ruff. 

According to Eastpointe police, Ruff, of Eastpointe, was dead at the scene. His wife, Patricia Ruff, 58, was critically injured.

Compton was arraigned in the 38th District Court before Judge Kathleen Galen on Aug. 17 on a list of charges including operating with a high blood alcohol content causing death and serious injury, and failure to stop at the scene of a fatal accident when at fault. He was ordered held in the Macomb County Jail with bail set at $750,000 cash or surety ahead of a hearing on Aug. 31, but that hearing was adjourned after Compton changed lawyers.

He will now be represented by defense attorney William Hackett and is due back in court on Sept. 30.

Hackett could not be reached for comment at press time. 

Also charged in the case was Christina Lashawn Henry, 35, of Eastpointe. She was arraigned on Aug. 19 on the single charge of accessory after the fact to a felony, which is a five-year felony.

 According to Eastpointe police, Henry was driving a vehicle behind the one driven by Compton when he collided with the motorcycle. 

“He exited his vehicle, entered hers, and they fled the scene,” police said in a release posted to the Eastpointe Police and Fire Department’s Facebook page on Aug. 19.

The judge set bail for Henry at $7,500 and she was free on bond pending her next hearing in the case, a probable cause conference set for 1 p.m. Sept. 1. 

Her attorney, Shawn James Coppins, said it would be inappropriate to comment ahead of the hearing.