Man dies in crash on Telegraph

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published August 15, 2016

A man is dead and a woman is in the hospital following an early morning weekend crash.

According to Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, police were called at around 6:33 a.m. Aug. 14 to the scene of an accident on southbound Telegraph Road, north of 12 Mile.

Goff said a 65-year-old man from Bloomfield Hills was travelling southbound on Telegraph when he rear-ended a vehicle that was stopped at the traffic signal north of 12 Mile.

The vehicle was occupied by a 64-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman, both of Novi. The two occupants were transported to Providence-Providence Park Hospital in Southfield, where the man was pronounced dead.

As of press time, the woman was in stable condition, Goff said.

The Bloomfield Hills man was not injured, and his identity has yet to be released, according to Goff.

“The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but alcohol and drugs are not believed to be involved,” he said.

Earlier this year, the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan named the intersection of Telegraph and 12 Mile as crash-prone. Local law enforcement officials attribute that to high traffic volumes.

According to data compiled by the TIA for 2015, Telegraph and 12 Mile was ranked second in Oakland County for having the most crashes, with 96. The M-5 highway, at Pontiac Trail in Commerce Township, ranked first with 116 crashes.

However, according to crash data from 2012-2014 obtained from the Troy Police Department, the high number of crashes at the intersection may be due to the sheer number of cars flowing through the area.

In the last three years Telegraph and 12 Mile experienced 305 crashes. However, the average daily traffic volume, or the number of cars passing through the intersection daily, is 71,690 — so 0.0014 percent of cars passing through the area per year are involved in crashes.

“Usually there are relatively minor accidents there because traffic is so heavy and so slow. It’s simply a function of the volume that we see in that area, which is the reason there are quite a few fender-benders,” Goff said. “Just like with anything else, if drivers can use the proper amount of care and caution and pay attention to road and traffic conditions, that will lead to safer drivers.”