Howard City man arrested in connection to fatal July crash

Posted by Daily News • Last Updated 9:08 am on Friday, January 18 2013

Ryan Patrick Bennett

HOWARD CITY — A twenty-four-year-old Howard City man has been charged with the death of Scott Michael Gregory, a 25-year-old Howard City man who was killed when struck by a vehicle in July.

Ryan Patrick Bennett was arraigned today and released on bond regarding two felony charges, operating while intoxicated causing death and reckless driving causing death, in connection with the traffic crash that led to Gregory’s death.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident at 2:28 a.m. on West Edgerton Street in Howard City on July 20.

Bennett told deputies he saw the body a few blocks away from his home and proceeded home to advise his father to call 911.

When emergency responders arrived at the scene, it was evident that Gregory was struck by a vehicle and was dead at the scene.

Upon further investigation, deputies discovered evidence that linked Bennett’s vehicle to being involved in the crash.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Bennett was the initial target of the investigation, and it is believed he was headed home when he struck and killed Gregory.

Evidence recovered from Bennett’s vehicle has been analyzed by the Michigan State Police crime lab and connected Bennett’s vehicle to the crash.

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