SUMMERFIELD TWP. – Monroe County prosecutors allege a Michigan State University strength and conditioning coach was texting while driving when he caused a fatal crash this summer on U.S. 23.
Todd Moyer, 37, of Holt, was charged Monday with one count of reckless driving causing death, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
As a condition of his bail, officials asked the judge to restrict Moyer’s driving privileges, said William Paul Nichols, Monroe County’s prosecutor. Moyer’s license is currently suspended, Nichols said. The prosecutor’s office didn’t object to Moyer’s request to be allowed to travel out of the state for work. Moyer trains the MSU men’s basketball team.
Online records indicate Moyer’s next court date is Nov. 22. The records do not list an attorney representing him.
Moyer was driving southbound on U.S. 23 in Summerfield Township on July 14 when the chain-reaction crash occurred, killing two people, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office officials said after the crash.
Moyer is in his third year with the university. He previously worked for the University of Tennessee men’s basketball program.
“In light of the criminal charges filed today, Todd Moyer, an associate strength and conditioning coach, is not traveling with the men’s basketball team to Chicago,” MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis said in a statement. “As the court proceedings continue in this tragic situation, the Athletics Department will monitor the case and gather more information before any further personnel decisions are made.”
In a news release after the crash, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said a preliminary investigation found Moyer was distracted at the wheel, though exactly what Moyer was doing wasn’t stated. Police believe Moyer struck the rear of a Hyundai Elantra driven by a woman with a 5-year-old passenger in the backseat. Both the woman and child were pronounced dead at the scene.
Sheriff’s officials told the Monroe News the victims were Gladys Johnson, 35, and her daughter, Za-Kira Johnson, of Redford.
Coach Tom Izzo released a statement shortly after the crash:
“We are aware of the July 14 fatal accident in Monroe County involving Todd Moyer, associate strength and conditioning coach. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ family during this difficult time. I can’t imagine the…