WATERLOO — Bond has been set at $100,000 for the driver of a pickup that slammed into a mini-van in August, killing a baby inside.

Prosecutors on Thursday argued against the $25,000 scheduled bond that normally goes with homicide by vehicle charges, noting 36-year-old Derrick Earl Johnson has ties to Michigan and prior firearms charges as well as a probation violation.

“Based on the facts and circumstances, the three substances that were found in his system, as well as everything else, we are asking for that bond,” said Charity Sullivan, who had asked bond be set at $250,000.

Court records indicate Johnson’s blood alcohol level was .069, and his blood also tested positive for cannabis and cocaine following the collision. Authorities allege he was under the influence of a combination of drugs at the time of the crash.

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Johnson, 36, of 209 Baltimore St., was arrested Wednesday at the police department for homicide by vehicle/operating under the influence. The charge is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison upon conviction.

Johnson was involved in an Aug. 2 collision at the intersection of East First and Sycamore streets that killed 7-month-old Liam Xander Mwanje, who was a passenger in the van that overturned. The crash injured other children in the van. Police said he failed to stop at a stop sign, and Johnson told police he was distracted and looking in his rear view mirror at the time of the crash, court records state.

Investigators also said video from a surveillance camera in the area shows Johnson’s vehicle traveling above the 25 mph speed limit on Sycamore Street moments before the crash.

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