Second teen faces charges in auto crash causing death
Suspects post bond, released from jail
REED CITY — A second teen faces charges in Osceola County's 77th District Court related to a car crash which resulted in the death of 17-year-old Timothy Rizor in November.
Brock Gordon Nelson, 17, of LeRoy, was arraigned Friday on counts of accessory after the fact to a felony and felony obstruction of justice, according to court records.
The charges stem from events which occurred about 2 a.m. Nov. 23, at which time deputies with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a one-vehicle crash on Mackinaw Trail near 160th Avenue in Sherman Township.
A news release stated when deputies arrived, they found the driver of the vehicle, Creed Samuel Watson, 17, of LeRoy, and his parents, on scene removing items from the vehicle.
About 3 a.m., deputies and an ambulance were dispatched to a house on 20 Mile Road for another teen, Rizor, who was having medical problems.
Life-saving measures were attempted on scene, but Rizor died prior to arrival at the hospital.
An investigation revealed the two incidents were connected, and Watson was subsequently arrested and lodged at the Osceola County Jail.
Watson was arraigned the Monday following the crash on counts of operating while intoxicated causing death, leaving the scene of an accident causing death and lying to police, according to the sheriff's office.
Nelson was later identified as the second passenger in the vehicle being driven by Watson in the early morning hours of Nov. 23.
Sheriff Ed Williams said the investigation remains open at this time, but alcohol, speed and seat belts are believed to be factors.
"The investigation is still wide open, and the potential for future updates is very high," he said.
He said while he can't confirm whether there were any open containers in the vehicle at the time of the crash, Watson was under the influence of alcohol while driving.
"We are looking into the providers of the alcohol, who else assisted with actions after the crash and if there was any further cover-up," Williams said.
Both Watson and Nelson have posted $10,000 bond and are released from jail.
Watson is scheduled for a preliminary exam at 9:15 a.m. Dec. 19, and Nelson has a probable cause conference set for 9:15 a.m. Dec. 26.
The Pioneer typically does not publish the names of juveniles accused of crimes unless they are charged as adults.