MSP trooper charged in crash that led to death of unborn child

FLINT TWP. — A Michigan State Police trooper is facing two misdemeanors in connection to a September 2020 crash that led to the death of an unborn child in Flint Township.

MSP Trooper Rashaad Fahiym Cormier, 27, has been charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle causing a miscarriage or stillbirth and moving violation causing serious impairment of a body function.

On Sept. 14, Cormier was driving a patrol car south on Linden Road near Lennon Road when he and another trooper observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation while traveling north on Linden Road. According to investigators, Cormier made a U-turn on Linden Road into the path of an approaching Chevy Malibu, which collided with the MSP patrol car on the driver’s side.

Three passengers were in the Chevy Malibu, including a 38-year-old woman who was pregnant with twins. Investigators said that the crash caused the woman to lose one of her twins after the accident.

“The Michigan State Police is deeply sorry for the role our trooper played in this traffic crash, which resulted in the tragic loss of a child,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police, in a statement. “We offer our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and all those who have been impacted by this situation.”

The driver of the Malibu, a 28-year-old woman from Mt. Morris, was transported to an area hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released. An 18-year-old female passenger from Mt. Morris did not require medical treatment.

Cormier was also taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries, while his partner was not injured.

In accordance with department policy, Cormier was placed on paid suspension when the investigation into the crash began. Following the release of criminal charges, he has now been put on unpaid suspension as the case makes it way through court.

If convicted on misdemeanor charges, Cormier could face up to two years in prison.

According to the MSP, Cormier joined the force in January of 2020 and was assigned to the Flint Post following his graduation.