A 29-year-old motorist from Detroit died after he was involved in a single-vehicle crash in which his car struck the Detroit Zoo parking structure support wall.

A 29-year-old motorist from Detroit died after he was involved in a single-vehicle crash in which his car struck the Detroit Zoo parking structure support wall.

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Detroit man dies in single-car crash

By: Mike Koury | C&G Newspapers | Published November 16, 2017

ROYAL OAK — A 29-year-old Detroit man is dead after he suffered fatal injuries in a single-vehicle crash outside the Detroit Zoo in the area of Woodward Avenue and 10 Mile Road at around 12:29 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13.

According to local authorities, a Berkley public safety officer was the first on the scene after he noticed multiple cars pulled over to the side of the road.

“The officer happened to be heading south on Woodward and was going to make a U-turn when he came across what he thought was a three-car accident,” Berkley Public Safety Detective Lt. Andrew Hadfield said. 

Hadfield said witnesses soon clarified for the officer that there was only one car involved.

Hadfield said the officer contacted the Royal Oak Police and Fire departments to alert them to the crash.

A Royal Oak Police Department press release states that the vehicle the Detroit man was driving crashed into the Detroit Zoo parking structure support wall.

“The vehicle appears to have left the roadway near the Washington Avenue split in the roadway and struck the concrete structure support,” the release states.

Royal Oak Police Sgt. Don Swiatkowski said the incident was under investigation, so he didn’t feel he could elaborate exactly on how the vehicle might have crashed.

“It’s still under investigation, so a lot of those things are still being done by the accident investigators and by the detectives investigating,” he said. “As it’s open, I don’t want to speak to how we believe or we may think the vehicle got where it got.”

He added that police were still trying to determine what happened prior to the crash.

“We’re checking to see if maybe there’s any video that may be available,” he said.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigation Division and Swiatkowski at (248) 246-3528.