SAGINAW (WJRT) - (05/25/17) - A father, mother and family friend are all charged in connection with the death of a 5-year-old boy.
Police say Blaze Williamson died after he was hit by an SUV that was backing out of the family driveway on Chapin Road in March, in the southwest part of Saginaw County.
The father was behind the wheel, but two other people are also being charged in the case.
The child died on March 31, but police have been waiting for blood alcohol and toxicology reports on the driver of the SUV before submitting the case to the prosecutor's office.
“There was some drinking, there was some arguing,” said Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel.
Police say that lead 42-year-old Ryan Williamson to quickly pull out of his driveway at around 6:15 p.m. on that Friday night. The SUV he was driving hit his 5-year-old son, Blaze, who later died.
Williamson is charged with four counts, including operating while intoxicated causing death.
The mother of the boy, DeeDee Williamson, also faces charges because police say she lied to investigators about who was driving the SUV. Ryan didn't have a license. He had two prior drunken driving convictions.
“It’s an unfortunate situation because you have parents who I know are grieving the death of their son,” Federspiel said.
Investigators say the SUV didn't have a back-up camera, but did have a warning signal for objects behind the vehicle.
“On the ceiling toward the back of the vehicle, there are three lights, that if your vehicle is in reverse, and there is something near the rear bumper, those lights will illuminate, you can see them in the rear view mirror,” said Sgt. Jim Hogue, with the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department.
Also charged, family friend Darien Almashy, who owned the SUV, but allowed Ryan to drive it, even though Almashy knew Ryan’s license was revoked.
“You are actually committing a crime by allowing someone you know that has a suspended or revoked license, or is drunk, to drive your vehicle. You are responsible,” Federspiel said.
Federspiel says a case like this is a reminder for all parents with young children.
“Even if you are sober and have children, you better know where they are at,” he said.
Ryan and Almashy remain in custody, while DeeDee has bonded out of jail.