Man arraigned on charges from fatal traffic accident
Updated at 3:41 p.m. Feb. 6
WEST BRANCH — A 29-year-old Prescott man was arraigned Feb. 6 on charges stemming from a fatal car accident that occurred around 4:40 p.m. Feb. 5 at the corner of M-55 and Sage Lake Road in Prescott.
Ian Lawrence Marshick was arraigned on one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death and an alternative charge of reckless driving causing death in an accident that resulted in the death of Tamra Edgerton, 50, of Hale.
Either of those charges could carry a penalty of 15 years.
According to a press release issued by Ogemaw County Prosecuting Attorney LaDonna Schultz, Marshick is also being charged as a fourth degree habitual offender, which would increase the penalty from a 15-year felony to a life sentence.
A habitual offender charge means Marshick has been convicted of any felonies in the past not similar charges to the ones he faces now.
According to the Michigan Department of Corrections Offender Tracking Information System, Marshick served five months in prison in 2011 for operating while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
Judge Richard Noble set bond at $300,000 and a special bond condition that Marshick surrender his driver’s license.
Noble set a pre-preliminary exam date of Feb. 11 at 9:30 a.m. and a preliminary exam date of Feb. 25 at 9:30 a.m.
Ogemaw County Sheriff Howie Hanft said a Marshick was driving a Ford F150 pickup truck north on Sage Lake Road and Tamra Edgerton was travelling east on M-55 when the two vehicles collided around 4:40 p.m.
Edgerton was taken to West Branch Regional Medical Center with serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Marshick was also transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and later lodged in the Ogemaw County Jail.