Royal Oak man dead after single-vehicle crash on Woodward Avenue

By: Mike Koury, Sarah Wojcik | C&G Newspapers | Published June 5, 2018

 Royal Oak and Berkley officers responded to a single-vehicle crash during the morning of Tuesday, June 5, that resulted in the death of a 58-year-old Royal Oak man.

Royal Oak and Berkley officers responded to a single-vehicle crash during the morning of Tuesday, June 5, that resulted in the death of a 58-year-old Royal Oak man.

Photo provided by the Berkley Public Safety Department

ROYAL OAK/BERKLEY — At approximately 5:37 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, Royal Oak and Berkley police responded to a fatal single-vehicle crash on Woodward Avenue that began in Royal Oak and ended at a medical building in Berkley.

Lt. Keith Spencer, of the Royal Oak Police Department, said that based on the preliminary investigation, it appeared that a 58-year-old Royal Oak man, identified as Keith Naglik, driving an SUV suffered some sort of medical episode, which led to the crash.

Spencer said the incident began on northbound Woodward Avenue, near the Sherwin-Williams Paint Store at Catalpa Drive.

“The vehicle left the roadway on the right side of the road, crossed over the median, struck several signs and crashed into the medical building on the southbound side of Woodward,” he said. “He had to be extracted from the vehicle.”

Berkley Public Safety Director Matt Koehn said that the driver was unresponsive when he was found by Berkley officers, and a vehicle door had to be cut out so that the man could be removed from the vehicle.

“He was (removed) from the vehicle by Berkley public safety personnel, was treated at the scene by both Berkley public safety officers and Alliance Mobile Health,” Koehn said.

Spencer said first responders transported the man to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, where he was later pronounced dead.

“Thankfully, no other vehicles were involved,” Spencer said. “Woodward in the early morning can be a heavily traveled road.”

“It is absolutely tragic that a person lost their life, but with the amount of traffic on Woodward at that time in the morning, you know, I consider us pretty lucky no one else was hurt,” Koehn said.

The medical building is located south of 12 Mile Road at 28747 Woodward Ave., according to police. Koehn said a restoration company had finished working at the building for a flood and it was supposed to open later June 5. 

Police said that alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the incident.

Royal Oak and Berkley police and Michigan State Police accident investigators are working to determine the cause of the crash, Spencer said.

“It’s probably going to be a while because the medical examiner’s report is probably not going to be done for a bit, and also the Michigan State Police still have to finalize their investigation, so I would imagine the determination is not going to be available for a little bit,” he said.

Anyone with information related to the crash is asked to contact Spencer at (248) 246-3456 or the Michigan State Police Metro North Post at (248) 584-5740.