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February 20, 2014

Details surface in fatal car crash

Police say alcohol and pot were found in the suspect's vehicle.

The 21-year-old Kokomo woman charged in Saturday’s fatal crash at Park Road and Boulevard was under the influence of marijuana and had a suspended driver’s license at the time of the accident, court documents state.

Char’Dae Avery faces five charges including Class B felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and attempting to leave the scene of an accident causing death in the crash that killed Matthew A. Foutch.

Avery is being held at the Howard County jail on a $100,000 bond with no 10 percent allowed.

She also faces misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana. Police also cited her for driving while suspended. Her initial hearing is set for Wednesday.

The investigation revealed Avery was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer southbound on Park Road at a high rate of speed shortly after 7:30 p.m. when she ran a stop sign at Boulevard and Park Road and struck Foutch’s Dodge Stratus, according to a statement from Kokomo police.

Foutch was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital, where he later died from blunt force trauma, Kokomo police reported.

The 37-year-old father of three worked as a trainer at Powerhouse Gym. He leaves behind a wife, a son and two daughters. His funeral is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Family Worship Center, 1149 E. Center Road.

A probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday in Howard Circuit Court stated Avery tested positive for marijuana after the crash. The OWI causing death charge was classified as a Class B felony since Avery allegedly was under the influence of a schedule I or II controlled substance (marijuana).

When officers arrived at the scene, Avery was being detained by a witness. The witness said Avery was “dancing” and said “I did it” as she tried to walk away from the crash. The witness said he did not believe Avery was aware she was in an accident.

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