Man charged with causing brain injury to woman after road rage incident enters plea

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Eric Anthony Alvarez, second from right, appears in Walker’s 59th District Court on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Alvarez is accused of slamming the body of Samantha Sutherlin, who suffered a head injury, in an apparent incident road rage. Police, responding to a report of a fight, found her unconscious on Thursday, February 14, outside Starbucks at 3286 Alpine Avenue NW. Alvarez had left the scene but was later arrested, police said. He is charged with assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm less than murder, a potential felony of 10 years and failing to stop in an accident causing bodily harm. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)Cory Morse | MLive.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A 25-year-old man charged with causing brain injury to a woman after a road rage incident has made a clear plea to the felony of assault.

Eric Alvarez pleaded Wednesday October 7 in Kent County Circuit Court.

As part of a plea deal, a non-arrest at the scene of an accident charge will be dismissed at sentencing.

Alvarez is accused of injuring Samantha Sutherlin, 24, on February 13 in the parking lot of the Starbucks store on Alpine Avenue NW.

Witnesses told police Alvarez “slammed” Sutherlin against the sidewalk.

Sutherlin suffered a serious head injury and spent a lot of time in the hospital. She was released from a rehab hospital about two months after the injury.

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