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MONTEZUMA CREEK, Utah — A southeast Utah woman has been charged with murder in an alleged drunken driving crash that killed a Michigan state trooper.

On Friday, July 31, 2020, the Michigan State Police announced the death of Trooper Caleb Starr, 33.

Starr, according to the Michigan State Police, was struck head-on by an alleged drunk driver while on duty in Ionia County Michigan's Boston Township on July 10, 2020. He had remained hospitalized until his passing.

Police identified the alleged drunk driver as 28-year-old Thomasina Shani Jones of Montezuma Creek, Utah — which is located in far southeast Utah.

Jones was charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bond. County prosecutors say her blood-alcohol level after the crash was 0.23.

Starr had joined the Michigan State Police in September 2018 as a member of the 135th Trooper Recruit School. He is survived by his wife, Rachael, who is a civilian member of the MSP, and their two young daughters.

“The Michigan State Police mourns the loss of not just a trooper, but a husband, father and dedicated public servant who had so much left to give in a life that was cut far too short,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP.

Tax deductible donations to support the Starr family are being accepted by the Michigan State Troopers Assistance Fund (MSTAF), managed by the Michigan State Police Troopers Association. Donations can be mailed to MSPTA or made online. Please indicate the donation is in support of the Starr family.