Michael Spencer, 59, of Kalamazoo, has been charged with four felony counts: reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function, operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, operating with a suspended or revoked license causing serious injury and a third offense of operating with any presence of drugs.
Spencer remains hospitalized and has not yet been arraigned, Kalamazoo County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Scott Brower said.
Spencer’s Pontiac was traveling at 102 mph just prior to the impact with the bus, according to data from the crash retrieval system.
The Pontiac was eastbound on West Michigan Avenue when it crashed into the front of the bus, which was westbound on Oakland Drive and heading west across West Michigan Avenue. The impact pushed the bus several feet and the car was buried in the bus, a public safety officer who witnessed the crash said in a report.
Spencer’s vehicle appeared to have run off the road to the left, went airborne and turned slightly on its side. It crashed into a street light pole and then a road sign, the officer wrote.
Spencer never activated the braking system before colliding with the bus, according to police.
The crash caused the bus driver, LaShon Diallo, to be pinned in the driver’s seat and severely injured. Other Metro Transit drivers have raised more than $2,300 for her recovery through the fundraising site GoFundMe.
Spencer’s record included four previous operating while intoxicated convictions, police have said.