Driver charged in fatal rollover accident on I-94

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published February 17, 2015

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A 27-year-old Clinton Township man has been formally charged in the Feb. 6 freeway crash that killed his friend.

Christopher Sereck Buckerfield was video arraigned Feb. 9 in 41-B District Court, at which time he was charged with operating while intoxicated causing death, a 15-year felony, and possession of marijuana.

According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, Buckerfield was driving at a high rate of speed on westbound Interstate 94 at around 11:20 p.m. when he lost control near Shook Road and rolled his 2008 Suzuki SX4.

“There were two separate witnesses traveling the same direction at the time who stated that he was speeding,” said Lt. John Michalke. He said sheriff’s officials would  not say approximately how fast Buckerfield was traveling because it remains unclear. The accident reconstruction was still ongoing at press time.

Buckerfield’s passenger, 28-year-old Eddie Griffin III of Warren, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Even though the results of a blood draw sent to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab have not come in, Buckerfield was still charged with OWI.

“There is probable cause to believe a felony has occurred,” he said.

The official report states that prior to the crash, sheriff’s deputies had been dispatched to the freeway on the report of a red vehicle that had been “swerving all over the road.” Deputies were attempting to locate the vehicle when, at 11:25 p.m., more 911 calls were received about a car that had rolled over on I-94 near Shook Road.

Upon arriving at the scene, deputies found two occupants in the badly damaged vehicle. The front-seat passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, and Buckerfield was transported to McLaren Hospital for treatment of injuries. He was released from the hospital on Feb. 7 and taken to the Macomb County Jail.

Buckerfield remains in jail on a $50,000 cash or surety bond. His next scheduled court appearance is Feb. 23 in district court.

At press time, Buckerfield had yet to obtain legal representation. He has no prior drunken driving convictions.

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