Humphries charged with manslaughter

By Marhea Pease
Correspondent

1-3-14 MUGSHOT Audreyonna Joy HumphriesA woman accused of causing a car crash that ended the life of one young girl and injured two others is scheduled to face manslaughter charges early next year.

Audreyonna Joy Humphries, 21, of Marion, is accused of driving a stolen vehicle on Oct. 18 and picking up three young Marion Middle School girls who were on their way to Marion High School to attend homecoming festivities.

Police say Humphries drove the vehicle at speeds reaching 75 miles an hour before losing control along 20 Mile Road in Marion Township. The car flipped over and ejected two 13-year-old girls, Jasmine Rogers and Shaylah Jordan Gascoigne, from the backseat.

Rogers died at the scene from injuries while Gascoigne suffered critical injuries. Another girl, Lauren Brocht, 12, was riding in the front seat and received minor injuries.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department, Humphries allegedly exited the vehicle and fled the scene without seeking assistance for the injured passengers.

Humphries was reportedly found hiding in a Clare County home the next day and was arrested.

She was charged with one count of manslaughter with a motor vehicle and one count of failure to stop at an accident when at fault, resulting in death. She remains lodged in the Osceola County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Humphries is scheduled for a preliminary examination on Jan. 9 at 1:30 p.m. in Osceola County’s 77th District Court.

After awakening from her coma, Gascoigne was transferred to Mary Free Bed Hospital in Grand Rapids for physical therapy and rehabilitation. She is now recovering at home from her injuries.

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