Reckless homicide charge over fall off car

Kayla Foster

MICHIGAN CITY – A 20-year-old Michigan City woman is being held at the La Porte County Jail on a reckless homicide charge, arrested Tuesday in connection with an incident that occurred last September.

Kayla M. Foster told police her friend, Tiffany A. Butts, climbed on top of Foster’s mother’s vehicle and convinced Foster to drive while Butts was unrestrained on the roof.

They started from the Knapp Elementary School playground near Swasick and Coolspring avenues; but when Foster arrived at the stop sign at Swasick and Earl Road, she said, she realized Butts was no longer on top of the car.

When police responded to the 911 call on Sept. 23, 2018, they found Butts lying in the street, bleeding from the back of her head.

She was airlifted from Franciscan Health Michigan City to the trauma center at South Bend Memorial Hospital in critical condition. Butts, 20, succumbed to her head injury on Oct. 30.

According to the probable cause report, Butts’ father showed police a video posted to social media he believes his daughter filmed that shows a person hanging out of the window of a moving vehicle.

An eyewitness told officers she witnessed a woman voluntarily climb on top of a vehicle and sit upright with her legs in front of her. The witness said that as that vehicle and one other car left the playground, she heard the woman on top yell, “Go faster, go around him.”

She told police she believes both cars were traveling faster than the speed limit of 25 mph.

Foster is charged with a single count of reckless homicide, a Level 5 felony punishable by up to 6 years in prison.

She will appear for her initial hearing in La Porte Superior Court 1 on Tuesday.

Until then, she remains at the jail on a cash-only bond of $10,000.

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