Deanna and Anthony Erving

Deanna and Anthony Erving

TRAVERSE CITY — It's still painful for Diane Kuhr to talk about her friend Deanna Erving.

Kuhr's voice cracked as she recalled Erving's constant smile, her goodhearted nature, and love for her two children. On Aug. 2, Deanna Erving, 50, neared her third wedding anniversary with Anthony Erving, 57 — an occasion they celebrated with a Grand Haven getaway.

That day the Ervings rode their motorcycle near a curve on M-37 in Mayfield Township when a car crossed into their path. They died in the ensuing crash, leaving their family members and friends like Kuhr with still-raw memories.

"I’ve never seen Deanna more happy in my life," Kuhr said.

Grand Traverse County prosecutors this week authorized two counts of moving violation causing death against Alyssa Michele Goch, 26, of Armada, whose car collided with the Ervings' motorcycle along a crash-prone stretch of M-37 near Center Road.

A crash investigation by Grand Traverse deputies found Goch headed south along the road. Sheriff's Lt. Brian Giddis said Goch crossed the center line and failed to maintain control of her vehicle, both of which were moving violations.

"They didn't have a definitive number on speed in that crash," Giddis said.

Goch declined to comment. She faces an active warrant on the charge, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.

The Aug. 2 crash occurred two years to the day of another crash that killed two Thompsonville brothers — Jeffery Mitchell Toole, 49, and Joel Willard Toole, 43 — along the same stretch of road.

Prosecutors in that case charged a Canadian truck driver — Kuldeep Khangura, 31 — with two counts of moving violation causing death. A March 2014 trial ended with jurors finding Khangura not guilty on both counts.

Giddis said the fatal crashes along that M-37 curve involved vehicles headed south and slipping on a wet roadway across the center line. He said investigators following the most recent crash reached out to Michigan Department of Transportation officials, but he doesn't know what action they could take.

Kuhr said she hopes to help organize a spaghetti dinner and golf outing fundraiser for the Ervings' family. Anthony Erving was an avid golfer, she said.

Another fundraiser will be held Sept. 16 at Pirate's Cove Adventure Park, where Deanna Erving's daughter Amanda Jorgensen worked. General manager Tim Olson said the event will benefit Jorgensen, who couldn't be reached for comment, and her brother Shane.

The Jorgensens' father John Jorgensen died suddenly in January.

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