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Woman dies in Berkley after being hit by garbage truck

July 8, 2014

BERKLEY — Berkley and state police are investigating a fatal accident that occurred last week when a garbage truck struck and killed a pedestrian who was attempting to cross 11 Mile Road at Woodward Avenue.

According to police, 61-year-old Gail Schmidt, of Royal Oak, was crossing 11 Mile from the north side to the south side at about 8:30 p.m. July 2 when a garbage truck made a right turn from Woodward and struck her.

Berkley Public Safety Deputy Chief Robert North said that the garbage truck dragged Schmidt down the road, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Basically, what happened is she was crossing the street from the Berkley side of 11 Mile to the Huntington Woods side, and there was a garbage truck that turned right at the same time,” North said. “She was dragged down the road after being struck, and she was dragged for quite a ways. She died as a result of the accident.”

North said the garbage truck was not a city truck but was owned by a private company. No charges had been issued by press time, as the accident was under investigation.

“We are doing the investigation with the state police assisting us,” North said. “All of the information from the investigation will be gathered together and submitted to the Prosecutor’s Office to determine if any further action should be taken.”

Several lanes on both Woodward and 11 Mile were closed for a few hours the night of July 2 and into the early morning hours July 3. The Michigan State Police, with officers from Huntington Woods and Pleasant Ridge, assisted Berkley police in responding to the accident.

North said it is not clear yet why neither Schmidt nor the truck driver saw one another, but police are hoping to piece together the accident in the coming days.

“We are still putting everything together,” he said July 7. “It is a very sad thing that happened.”

Anyone with any information about the accident can contact the Berkley Public Safety Department at (248) 658-3380.

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