Police suspect alcohol was involved in fatal Shelby Township crash

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published February 5, 2018

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 12:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, Shelby Township first responders attended to a crash on 21 Mile Road near Milonas Drive, approximately halfway between Schoenherr and Hayes roads.

Deputy Police Chief Mark Coil said a police unit was traveling on 21 Mile Road when the suspect’s vehicle attempted to pass the patrol car and struck another vehicle head-on.

The crash involved a 2012 Toyota Sienna and a 2005 Audi, according to a police press release. Emergency personnel extracted the two drivers, who were both trapped inside their vehicles, and rushed them to Henry Ford Hospital, according to the release.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said the Fire Department had two engines and two ambulances at the scene, and each crew worked on a different car. He said both cars were mangled from the head-on collision and that extracting the two drivers was an “extensive process.”

A 23-year-old Shelby Township man was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The suspect, a 40-year-old Sterling Heights woman, remained hospitalized, according to police.

Shelby Township Police Lt. Jeff Daniel said the Police Department is waiting on the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office to authorize any potential charges, that police reports aren’t due back until Wednesday, and that he did not know the extent of the suspect’s injuries.

He said the initial investigation led police to suspect that alcohol was a factor in the crash because of a strong odor of intoxicants at the scene.

Daniel told C & G Newspapers that police have to wait for the results of the autopsy and that crash reconstruction efforts wouldn’t begin until after Wednesday.

Police ask that witnesses to the crash or any individuals with information relevant to the incident contact the Shelby Township Police Department at (586) 731-2121.