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Man ordered to stand trial in fatal hit-and-run

Posted November 14, 2009 3:44 p.m. EST
Updated November 15, 2009 8:59 a.m. EST

— A 28-year-old man has been ordered to stand trial in the hit-and-run deaths of three women, including two from Durham, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

A Mackinac County judge ruled Friday that Dustan Lyle Bowen, of Sanford, Mich., should be tried on 16 felony charges including second-degree murder.

Police say Bowen's vehicle hit 10 people attending a family reunion as they walked along a Newton Township road on July 25. Killed were Jonel Hoogterp, 26, and Julie Hatch, 31, both of Durham, and Sara Dobbrastine, 24, of Kent City, Mich. Two other people were injured.

A police physician testified a combination of five prescription drugs detected in a sample of Bowen's blood taken after the crash could have delayed his reaction time. Bowen's attorneys argued there was no way of telling when he took the medication.