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Meghann Corcoran Owen


UPDATE: The woman charged with operating while intoxicate causing death and driving while license suspended causing death in a crash that killed a Saugatuck man has been identifed by the Allegan County Sheriff's Office as Meghann Corcoran Owen, 37, from the Douglas area. A charge of possession of  a controlled substance has been added to the original charges against her.


ORIGINAL STORY: A woman driving a pickup truck that crashed causing the death of her passenger has been arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated causing death and driving while license suspended causing death, the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Evidence obtained from the driver indicated that she was intoxicated at the time of the crash as well as being suspended, officials said.


The pickup appeared to have rolled over while westbound on 116th Avenue near 65th Street in Ganges Township. The passenger in the pickup, Jeremy J. Slenk, 42, from Saugatuck, was unrestrained at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled over in the roadway, deputies said.

Slenk suffered a severe head injury and died a short time later at Bronson Hospital.


The woman, who was wearing a seatbelt, suffered minor injuries. After being treated and released from Holland Community Hospital, she was lodged at the Allegan County Correctional Facility. Her name and information will be released after her arraignment.

The crash, which is still being investigated, occurred Sunday, March 12, about 9:20 p.m. The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by the Michigan State Police, AMR Ambulance, West Michigan AirCare and Ganges Township Fire Department.


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