Sterling Heights woman, 64, dies in car crash

Police, witnesses: SUV didn't appear to brake before impact

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published September 11, 2017 | Updated September 12, 2017 9:27am

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department is investigating a crash that resulted in the death of a 64-year-old Sterling Heights woman.

According to Clinton Township Sgt. Christopher Allis, the crash occurred around 3:34 p.m. Sept. 10 at the intersection of Metropolitan Parkway and Groesbeck Highway.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Toyota Camry containing a mother and daughter reportedly stopped at a red light on eastbound Metro Parkway, west of Groesbeck, when a white 2002 GMC Yukon rear-ended the vehicle. The Yukon was driven by a 17-year-old male from Fraser.

Police stated there was no indication of pre-impact braking, with witnesses on scene reportedly not observing any attempt of braking.

“Usually, there’s some type of shadowing or skid marks,” Allis said. “Even with ABS (anti-lock braking system) you’ll leave something on the roadway. There was literally nothing.”

Due to the force of the crash, both vehicles traveled into the median at the busy intersection. The Camry reportedly struck a tree and rolled over onto its roof. Allis said the vehicle was already skidding sideways, and hitting the tree caused what he deemed a “half rollover.”

“Imagine you’re in a fairly light car and you get hit -- let’s assume (the driver of the Yukon) was doing 55 mph in a truck that weighs 4,000 pounds,” he said. “That’s a huge mass difference.”

The Yukon continued through the median, across Metro Parkway, down and up on an embankment and then through a privacy fence before finally coming to a stop.

Allis said the Yukon came to rest on its own, stopping approximately 3 feet before hitting a condo.

Metro Parkway is a three-lane road in that area, with speed limits posted at 55 mph.

The daughter was driving the Camry. The mother died from her injuries at McLaren Macomb Hospital. Both drivers sustained injuries in the crash.

At press time, it was unknown whether the driver of the Yukon was intoxicated or distracted. The names of those involved were being withheld pending further investigation.

Nobody has yet been charged, and no local surveillance video had been obtained.

Anyone who can provide more information about the crash is asked to contact the Clinton Township Police Department, at (586) 493-7800.