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Report: MSU basketball conditioning coach involved in fatal crash on US-23

July 17, 2017
<p>Players warm up before the women's basketball game against Pennsylvania State University on Feb. 22, 2017 at Breslin Center. The Spartans defeated the Nittany Lions, 73-64.</p>

Players warm up before the women's basketball game against Pennsylvania State University on Feb. 22, 2017 at Breslin Center. The Spartans defeated the Nittany Lions, 73-64.

Photo by Nic Antaya | The State News

Updated Jul. 18 at 2:26 p.m.

Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Nichols told The State News on Tuesday any potential charges against Moyer wouldn't be brought to his office until after the investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Traffic Services Division comes to a conclusion. 

Nichols said the investigation would take about 3-5 weeks to finish and determine any findings, citing an autopsy would have to be finished and the accident would have to be reconstructed by forensic specialists.


Todd Moyer, a strength and conditioning coach for the MSU basketball program, was involved in a fatal crash Friday that killed two. Moyer caused a four-car crash while driving distracted, according to a release from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Gladys Johnson, 35, and her 5-year-old daughter Za'Kira were killed after Moyer crashed into the rear end of Johnson's car while driving just north of Summerfield Road on US-23, according to the release. 

Johnson was then forced into the rear of another car as both vehicles slowed down. Moyer, still in motion, then struck a fourth car before Moyer's vehicle came to a complete stop.

Both Gladys and Za'Kira were pronounced dead at the scene. All other parties involved refused medical treatment and were released. Alcohol was not a factor, according to the release.

WJBK in Detroit reported Moyer was arrested at the scene for reckless driving, but was later released after posting bond. An investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office remains ongoing. Investigators were unavailable for comment at the time of publication.

MSU spokesman Jason Cody told The State News Moyer will remain a staff member with the university while the investigation remains open. MSU head basketball coach Tom Izzo released a statement Monday afternoon that the team will be waiting for any updates.

“We are aware of the July 14 fatal accident in Monroe County involving Todd Moyer, associate strength and conditioning coach," Izzo said in the release. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ family during this difficult time. I can't imagine the pain they are feeling in losing two family members so tragically and so suddenly. As the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office continues their investigation, we will be monitoring the situation.”

Moyer is in his second season with the Spartans, according to his bio page.

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