Scottville man pleads no contest, found guilty after 2017 fatal vehicle crash

March 30, 2019

The 23-year-old Scottville man who was involved in the December 2017 vehicle crash that resulted in the death of 35-year-old Benjamin Compeau pleaded no contest on one count of committing a moving violation causing death.

Adams was sentenced on March 19 in 79th District Court, and must pay $1,415 in fines and costs. He could also serve up to one year in jail within the next year at the court’s discretion, and he must not violate and criminal laws or commit any traffic violations, according to court documents.

According to LegalDictionary.net, a defendant may be sentenced as if he or she were guilty if the defendant pleads no contest.

At 7:40 a.m. on Friday. Dec. 1, 2017, Adams’ 1995 Chevy van crossed the centerline while driving eastbound on U.S. 10 in Amber Township and collided head-on with Compeau, who was driving west in a black Kia Optima, according to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

The Chevy van drove over Compeau’s Optima, killing Compeau and injuring his then-1½-year-old son, and also collided with a Dodge Caravan, which Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole said was behind the Kia. The driver of the Caravan was also injured, and was treated at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.

Compeau’s son was secured and driving in the back seat with a safety belt, and suffered minor injuries.

Adams was also injured in the crash, and was transported to a Munson Hospital in Traverse City by AeroMed.