05-02-2019 Police Report

Police Report By Annette Christie Coloma woman pleads no contest in death A 33-year-old Coloma woman has pleaded no contest following a crash that resulted in the death of a Canadian woman. On September 9, 2018, Amber Garton was driving a Ford Mustang on eastbound I-94 near the 33-mile marker when she struck a Toyota minivan in the rear at approximately 3:16 a.m. Arriving officers/ deputies located an unconscious and unresponsive female, later identified as Erum Nazir of Ontario, Canada. Life saving efforts were made by first responders, however, Nazir was transported to Lakeland Hospital where she was pronounced deceased. Her injuries were unknown but suspected as internal injuries from the rollover ejection crash. Officers made contact with Garton and detected intoxicants coming from Garton’s person. They conducted field sobriety tests which indicated that Garton had the presence of alcohol in her system. At the scene she blew a .18 on a preliminary breath test. She was transported to Lakeland Hospital where a subsequent blood draw was taken that showed her blood alcohol level was .19. Witness statements indicated Garton was traveling at speeds in excess of the posted limit. Published reports stated that accident reconstruction and the module in the Ford Mustang showed that Garton was traveling at 111 miles per hour when she slammed into the minivan. Based on the marks on the road, she never braked. In her plea of no contest to operating while intoxicated causing death, she could have faced up to 15 years in prison. The minimum sentence could be approximately 43 months. A no contest plea is treated the same as a guilty plea in sentencing but cannot be used against a person if civil litigation is to occur. Sentencing is on July 8.

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