Cop involved in deadly crash in Berrien County charged with misdemeanor

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By: Associated Press

BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A police officer has been charged with a moving violation causing death in a crash that killed a woman trying to cross a southwestern Michigan road.

Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic announced Tuesday the filing of the misdemeanor against Benton Township officer Eugene Anderson.

The charge is punishable by up to a year in jail upon conviction.

Anderson was fired from the department Tuesday, according to WWMT.

Sepic says Anderson was responding to a domestic disturbance report about 9 p.m. on Sept. 20 when 48-year-old Kimberly Bedford was struck by his patrol car.

The patrol car was traveling about 65 mph in a 35 mph zone. Its overhead lights and sirens were off.

Authorities have said Bedford had been drinking and was not in a crosswalk.

The Associated Press was unable Tuesday to determine if Anderson has an attorney.