DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit police officer was charged with involuntary manslaughter for a crash that killed a lawyer in February, authorities said Thursday.

Officer Teaira Funderburg disregarded a red light while rushing to help another officer when her patrol vehicle smashed into a car driven by Cliff Woodards, the Wayne County prosecutor’s office said.

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Funderburg was charged with involuntary manslaughter and willful neglect of duty. It wasn’t immediately known if she has a lawyer who could comment on the case.

“Proper investigations take time and that is what we strive for in every case. … It’s true that Mr. Woodards was respected in his profession, but the facts and evidence are what caused us to charge in this case,” prosecutor Kym Worthy said.

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After the crash, then-police Chief James Craig said he found the incident “troubling,” noting the high speed of the patrol vehicle. The crash occurred around 1 a.m.

Woodards was a defense attorney who regularly had cases in Wayne County courts.


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