Update: Driver Charged in Fatal Accident

MASON - The teenager driving a car in which two other teens were killed and another critically injured was brought before a judge in Ingham County today. 17-year-old Brett Johnson was arraigned on three felony charges Monday afternoon: 2 counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death, and one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injury.
Prosecutor's say that Johnson had been drinking before he lost control of the car he was driving at about 2 o'clock Sunday morning along Hagadorn road in Meridian Township. 2 passengers in the car, Taylyr Cochran, 18, and Holly Bossenberry, 17, were killed in the accident. A third passenger, Anthony Harris, remains hospitalized. 5 teenagers in total were in the car. 4 were students at Holt High School, and one was a recent graduate.
Johnson was released after arraignment on a $15,000 bond.
Tuesday night at 6:30pm a candlelight vigil will be held for the accident victims at Veteran's Memorial Park behind the Delhi Township offices at Aurelius and Holt Roads.

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  • by Courtney Location: Denver on Feb 7, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    you guys that are blaming brett for everything is ridiculous. at the same time this kid knew he was drunk so did the other kids. there is no reason to blame anyone. there are so many other things to worry about in a time like this other then blaming and pointing fingers.it was a mistake but it was a mistake on everyone in that cars end. and there is no kind of punishment at all that can amount up to what this kid has to live with everyday of his life knowing that all of them made a bad choice. it could have been any of those kids that were driving. so if it was someone else would all of you pointing fingers pointed at one of them!? think about this kinds of things. Stop worrrying about who did what and why they did it and what the outcome was. These families need the support and prayers of everyone! this should be a wake up call to everyone think before you go ahead and do things. your life is at risk with every choice you make. Families and Friends stay strong! RIP Holly,Taylyr & Ant.
  • by Concern Location: Lansing on Feb 4, 2011 at 03:08 PM
    People are looking at this all wrong, and many adults would have discuss this while having a glass of wine. The point is, kids will want to drink, try, experience, we all did, and so will generations to come. So instead of sounding surprise that kids are drinking lets try opening a different door, where they will no be afraid of calling us when they can't drive, where when they do drink they don's do it as if it was the end of the world. We talk about teaching our children to respect guns, well, lets teach them do respect alcohol as well instead of turning a blind eye and pretend they're never gonna do it. We are all to blame!! These 5 families are in my hear and prayers. And Brett, God be with you also through this horrible time.
  • by Wolfgang Location: houghton lake on Feb 3, 2011 at 06:50 PM
    the game just change now he has killed 3 of my friends. parents should watch their children more. but if i can walk to anyone outside of a liqour store and give a person money for liqour than we have a problem. their should be more stings on these liqour stores. if a teen wants to drink and they dont have it they will find a way if it means stealing it,stealing from their parents or have some one buy it for them. i get teens coming up to me asking me to buy them smokes, the first thing i do is call the police and have them talk to them. i see kids going to people in houghton lake teens and they give them the money and out gose the kids with a fith. the same happens in holt and when i go to work in detriot i see kids at gas stations standing outside looking for the right person who they know will buy for them.
  • by Student Location: Holt on Feb 2, 2011 at 07:15 PM
    I am sure at one time or another just about every single one of us has done something we knew was wrong or stupid. This young man will have to live the rest of his life knowing that his friends died while he was driving. We also have to remember, those that were in the car with him made the choice to get in. I am sure he was not the only one in that car that had been drinking. If he asked someone to follow him home, not only did he know he should not have been driving, but his friends should also have known as well. Instead of pointing fingers and hoping for this and that, we should be praying for the families and friends that are involved in this tragic incident and be trying to find out ways to prevent this from happening again!
  • by nick Location: okemos on Feb 2, 2011 at 08:38 AM
    to those of you idiots who say he doesn't deserve jail time....are you stupid? At 17, he should have known better. Plus, was the kid that was following them home drinking as well? If he was not intoxicated, why didn't he drive them all home? There are so many people to blame or point fingers at, but the real responsibility laid in the hands of an intoxicated driver. I doubt this was his first time drinking...tons of questions we may never have answers to, but it all boils down to a young adult making a terrible decision - NOT A MISTAKE. I feel badly for the lives destroyed by his decision, but at 17, unless mentally challenged, he should have known better. Nuff said.
  • by Kim Location: Michigan on Feb 1, 2011 at 10:09 PM
    I know...wtf? Drinking isn't even cool. It really makes people act and look so dumb. I'm glad I never got into that. Not that I was goody-two-shoes, but I had enough sense not to. It's very annoying to be around drunk people. Parents need to watch their kids more closely and keep them away from other irresponsible parents. Because you know they want to "party" with their kids and will try to buy them alcohol just so they can feel cool like they are part of the group. Sad story. Whoever bought the alcohol for these kids should also be arrested. On another note, the two kids who died did not have to go with this Brett guy. But they did anyway. When someone drives drunk or chooses to ride with a drunk driver, it's putting their lives at high risk.
  • by Wolfgang Location: houghton lake on Feb 1, 2011 at 09:42 PM
    MICHAEL: for one he made the option to drink and drive causing the death of 2 of my friends. not to be mean but i hope he gets the correct and the punishment. i hope he thinks hard because he will be going away for a max of 35 years. this might change into INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER of 2 of my friends which he could get more. think about that before you decide to heckle peoples comments for which most of the people who did comment are correct and should be punished to the max
  • by wolfgang Location: houghton lake on Feb 1, 2011 at 09:32 PM
    when I got the news i fell back into the seat of my jeep and started to weep the pain and sadness hit me like a train. i new all of whom where in the car. i am a current student of holt senior high school. cant say much but for one anyone can get ahold of any type of liqour if they know of some one. but i think this sould be an eye opener for all in my high school to not drink period no matter what. and for one i think the punishment will only get worse for my friend Brett. my heart and prays go out with all who are affected by this.
  • by Brenda Location: Charlotte on Feb 1, 2011 at 05:18 PM
    This boy is 17 so first of all I want to know who got the alcohol for him? Where was he drinking? These kind of questions should be asked and answered. Then let the law go after them for serving a minor and the adult there should have not let Brett drive. Drinking and driving is against the law Brett knew that when he took the first drink but too many of out teens think it is so cool. This is the cool of drinking and driving it does not matter the sympathy 2 people lost their lives. Simple truth.
  • by michael Location: cooper on Feb 1, 2011 at 10:08 AM
    RIP HOLLY AND TAY you can pull thru this Anthony you all are in our thought's and prayers and will be missed dearly. Okay if you guys don't have anything good to say please don't say anything at all
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