By Pat Maurer
A Clare man, Nicholas Gordon Andrews, who lives on Herrick Road in Isabella County, has been charged with two counts of homicide/manslaughter with a motor vehicle and one count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident in connection with the Saturday morning deaths of a Beaverton couple.
He was arraigned August 29 in Midland County District Court.
According to court records, Andrews is being charged as a fourth-offense habitual offender. He could face up to life in prison if he’s convicted of the manslaughter charge.
Midland County 75th District Court Judge John Hart ordered Andrews held without bond. He remains lodged in the Midland County Jail.
Andrews was reportedly driving a Chevrolet Silverado westbound on U.S. 10 in Midland County’s Warren Township around 12:40 a.m. Saturday at a high rate of speed when he rear-ended a 1991 Ford Escort Station Wagon, sending it off the road and ejecting Gladwin County residents Theodore Francis Fackler, 69, and his wife Barbara Olive Fackler, 67, who both died at the scene.
Reportedly, Andrews slowed down after the crash but then sped off west on U.S. 10. A portion of westbound U.S. 10 was closed until dawn because of the accident.
The Silverado was located abandoned in Isabella County after sunrise Saturday. Andrews was located a short time later hiding in a basement closet at the home of a relative in Isabella County. He was arrested by deputies from Isabella and Midland Counties and state troopers.
According to an article in the Midland Daily News Andrews has an extensive record. He was sentenced last October to fines and costs after being conviceted of failing to report and accident August 27, 2010. He is also reportedly on probation for making a false report of a felony that same day in Isabella County. Andrews was previously convicted of drunken driving, attempted fourt-degree fleeing police and attempted felonious assault in October, 2006 in Isabella County.
Midland County deputies were assisted at the scene and in the investigation by the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, the Coleman Community Fire Department, the Midland County Road Commission, MidMichigan Medical Center EMS and the Michigan State Police.