ALAGANSEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — An Angola man has been formally arraigned in Coldwater, Michigan, following a wreck that took the lives of three Amish children on Friday night, a Michigan State Police officer said this morning.
The crash happened in Friday night in Branch County’s Algansee Township, near Michigan’s borders with Indiana and Ohio in an area that has numerous Amish communities located just north of the Steuben County border. A pickup truck driven by Tyler Frye, Angola, struck an Amish buggy, ejecting all seven people aboard.
Frye was arraigned on three counts of operating while intoxicated causing death, along with two counts of operating while intoxicated causing injury and one count of possession of a firearm while intoxicated, Michigan State Police Trooper Seth Reed said. The charge of possession of a firearm while intoxicated was added today, Reed said.
Two children, ages 6 and 2, died at the scene of Friday’s crash. A 4-year-old later died at a hospital, and another young child and a woman who were in the buggy remained hospitalized with serious injuries, Reed said.
Police said all seven people in the buggy — two adults and five children — were ejected in the crash. No names or genders of those dead or were injured have been released.
The relationships of those in the buggy were unclear.
Frye was preliminarily arraigned Saturday and was being held at the Branch County Jail on a $500,000 bond. Jail records didn’t list an attorney for him.
The investigation is ongoing, and the Michigan State Police is working closely with Branch County Prosecutor’s Office regarding criminal prosecution of Frye, Reed said.