Man accused of traffic homicide was recorded saying he ran red light

Mobile County
Man accused of traffic homicide was recorded saying he ran red light

UPDATE 10:14 AM

We’re learning more about what authorities say was a traffic homicide more than a year ago.  Michael Evans returned to court this morning for a preliminary hearing.  A Mobile Police investigator testified Evans was driving east on Moffett Road, ran a red light at Forest Hill Drive and smashed into 72-year-old Michael Breland’s car.

The officer testified Evans was spotted just before the crash speeding and driving recklessly according to an off-duty Mobile Police officer.  The investigator also said Evans was recorded on a police body camera saying he ran the red light.  

The defense pointing out that Evans was not read his Miranda rights before making that statement. 

The victim’s family said Breland died hours after the crash but detectives weren’t notified until a week later.  By that time, Mobile Police couldn’t do an accident reconstruction.  

The case was sent to a grand jury.  Judge Spiro Cherogotis offered his condolences to the family.  

ORIGINAL STORY

Mobile, Ala. (WKRG) — A man accused of vehicular homicide after allegedly causing the death of another driver is expected in court this morning.  A preliminary hearing is set for Michael Evans today.

This is a case that’s spanned a year and a half.  Today we may learn more about the crash that led to the death of a 72-year-old man.

Michael Evans was arrested in March on a vehicular homicide charge.  It stems from a January 2018 crash.  

According to Mobile Police, Evans was traveling eastbound on Moffett Road when he allegedly ran the red light at Forest Hill Drive and T-boned a Lincoln Town Car. 

The family of the driver of the Lincoln says Michael T. Breland, 72, was taken to a hospital but died four hours after the crash.

Evans was extradited to Mobile on in March after being arrested in Mississippi on unrelated charges. Today we may learn more about what police say happened.  Evans is currently in Mobile Metro Jail.  

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