Ontario man faces multiple charges in car crash that killed Ann Arbor woman
It was not clear how the crash occurred, but police told the Windsor Star that Rickett's pickup crashed into the SUV in which Carolyn Dutta of Ann Arbor and her family were riding at Walker Road and South Talbot Road in Tecumseh, Ontario.
Carolyn Dutta was fatally injured in the crash, which occurred around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Police said her husband Suman Dutta was driving, Carolyn was in the passenger seat, and their three children were in the back. The oldest child, Esme, 8, was initially taken to Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit for emergency surgery for her critical injuries, according to reports. She was transported to University of Michigan's Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor early Monday and is in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Suman Dutta and the other children, ages 2 and 5, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said in a news release posted on the Essex County Ontario Provincial Police website.
Tecumseh OPP did not return messages left Monday and Tuesday for comment on the crash.
John Baldoni, the Duttas' next-door neighbor in Ann Arbor, told AnnArbor.com that the neighborhood was in shock when word of Carolyn's death spread. "Everybody was quite moved and wanted to reach out," he said.
Baldoni said Carolyn Dutta was an outgoing and personable mother whom he often saw around the neighborhood with her children.
"We will sadly miss her," he said. "She touched all of our lives and will not be forgotten."
Nie Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements. A visitation for Carolyn Dutta is scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Liberty Road Chapel, 3767 W. Liberty Road in Ann Arbor. The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Liberty Road Chapel.
This story will be updated as information becomes available.