September 17, 2014

Driver sentenced to prison for accident that caused Standish woman’s death

Posted 3/5/14

STANDISH — A Sterling man who ran a stop sign and collided with a van in late 2012, which resulted in the death of 21-year-old Christine Romps of Standish, was sentenced to prison March 5 in 23rd Circuit Court.

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Joshua Green, 25, pleaded no contest to a charge of operating under the influence causing death. He was sentenced to 71-180 months in prison and received more than $9,000 in fines and costs, plus restitution to be determined at a later date for a gravesite and headstone.

Green was the driver of a Dodge Intrepid that was traveling eastbound on Sagatoo Road in Standish Township Dec. 30, 2012 at 8 p.m., and failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Sagatoo and Arenac State roads. Upon running the stop sign, the Intrepid collided with a Ford van traveling northbound on Arenac State Road.

The two occupants of the van, Standish residents Douglas and Rita Black, were injured in the accident. Green was originally charged with two counts of operating under the influence causing incapacitating injuries, but those charges were dismissed by the prosecution.

A toxicology report included in the circuit court case file showed that at approximately 8:20 p.m., a blood sample was drawn from Green and showed a blood alcohol level of 0.195.

Green pleaded no contest and was convicted in circuit court Feb. 5.

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