Waterford man charged with murder in car crash that killed 6-year-old girl

Her father is in critical condition.
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(WWJ) A Waterford man has been slapped with a 2nd degree murder charge for his role in a car crash that killed a little girl and left her father fighting for his life.

Police said Trevor Taylor, 28, was driving a white 2016 Hyundai Sonata westbound on Highland Road, near Airport Road, at a “high rate of speed” around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. He rear-ended a 2019 Chevrolet Equinox carrying a dad and his daughter, 6. The force caused the Chevrolet to a strike 2018 Ford Fusion ahead of it—carrying the mom. WWJ's Mike Campbell reports the family was picking up a new car.

Both vehicles were stopped at a red light at Airport Road, according to police. A fourth car was also involved but suffered only minor damage. No one inside that car was hurt.

The dad is hospitalized in critical condition. His daughter died from her injuries. The mom sustained “minor injuries,” police said.

Police told WWJ Taylor was reported as a “reckless driver,” spotted in the area of Scott Lake and Pontiac Lake, shortly before the crash. Officers were out trying to locate the vehicle.

He sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office charged him with 2nd Degree Murder, Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death, Reckless Driving Causing Death, Operating While Intoxicated Causing Serious Injury and Reckless Driving Causing Serious Impairment of a Bodily Function.

Taylor is being held on a $1 million bond. He is due back in court on October 26.