(File photo) Heather Cypher (left) is shown with her daughter Kaylee at her June 2016 graduation party. Heather Cypher was killed in a two-vehicle crash later that month in Tuscola' County's Gilford Township. A Bay City woman, Carolyn Toth, was sentenced earlier this month in connection with the crash.

Driver charged in crash that killed pitcher’s mom

(Photo by John Cook) Heather Cypher (left) is shown on June 12 with her daughter Kaylee, who graduated this year from Reese High School. Heather Cypher was killed in a two-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon in Tuscola' County's Gilford Township.
(Photo by John Cook) Heather Cypher (left) is shown on June 12 with her daughter Kaylee, who graduated this year from Reese High School. Heather Cypher was killed in a two-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon in Tuscola’ County’s Gilford Township.

A Bay City woman was arrested and arraigned this week stemming from a June automobile accident which claimed the life of a Fairgrove woman.
Carolyn Ann Toth, 53, faces five counts after failing to yield in a June 26 Gilford Township accident which killed Laura Cypher and seriously injured Kaylee Cypher.
As reported in The Advertiser on June 29, Laura Cypher, 41, of Fairgrove, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 4:25 p.m. crash June 26 at the intersection of Bradford and Darbee roads in northwest Tuscola County.
Toth was driving west on Darbee Road in Gilford Township but failed to yield at the intersection with Bradford Road, striking the northbound vehicle driven by Laura Cypher. Toth would have encountered a “yield” sign at Bradford Road and a clear view of northbound traffic on Bradford Road. Both vehicles overturned in a large ditch.  Toth and Kaylee Cypher, 18, were both transported by helicopter to a Saginaw hospital, according to police.
Kaylee Cypher was a star pitcher for Reese High School. She helped lead the softball team to the state regional finals in early June. She will play for Delta College.
Dennis Weber, Reese High School assistant varsity softball coach and pitching coach for the team, said Laura Cypher worked for the U.S. Postal Service, and that he was invited to Kaylee Cypher’s graduation party set for July 9.
“She was our No. 1 pitcher,” Weber said of Kaylee Cypher. “But other than a softball player, she’s just a fantastic kid. When you coach you get to know these girls really well and she was a kid from a very good background, a good family.
“Her dad and her mother, you could tell that those two were in love, because they showed it outwardly.”
Laura Cypher left behind her husband Harvey and her two daughters, Kaylee Cypher and Miranda Edgin.
Toth will now appear in front of District Court Judge Kim David Glaspie Nov. 7 for a probable cause hearing. Her preliminary examination is scheduled in front of Glaspie Nov. 14.
She is facing five charges: reckless driving causing death, a felony punishable up to 15 years and/or a $2,500-$10,000 fine; reckless driving causing serious impairment, a felony punishable up to five years and/or a $1,000-$5,000 fine; moving violation causing death, a misdemeanor punishable up to one year and/or a $2,000 fine; moving violation causing serious impairment of a body function, a misdemeanor punishable up to 93 days and/or a $500 fine; and motor vehicle – operation without security, a misdemeanor punishable not more than one year and/or not less than $200 nor more than a $500 fine.
Bond was set at $25,000.

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