HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) – Two suspects in an Easter Sunday fatal hit-and-run pedestrian accident were bound over for trial on Thursday. Prosecutors say that no plea deal has been offered to 26-year-old Jeremie Collins and 22-year-old Maly Phongsavanh after the two waived a preliminary hearing in Holland District Court.
According to Ottawa County Sheriff’s Deputies, 24-year-old Joshua Owens of Holland Township was crossing Ottawa Beach Road near 152nd Avenue around 1 AM on March 31, apparently to get cash from an ATM machine to pay for a cab ride home from the Itty Bitty Bar, when he was struck. One of the two vehicles involved stopped briefly, but then drove off before deputies arrived, while the other vehicle didn’t stop. Tips led authorities to the two drivers later that morning, as their vehicles were parked in the same driveway off of Lake Breeze Drive in Park Township.
Both of the accused are free on bond - Collins on five thousand dollars, Phongsavanh three thousand dollars - and each could get a five-year prison sentence if convicted of leaving the scene of a accident causing death felony charge. The preliminary hearing had been delayed due to waiting for toxicology test results on the accused, along with a scheduling conflict with one of the defense attorneys involved.