The Shelby Township Police and Fire Departments were dispatched shortly before 11 a.m. Oct. 14 to 26 Mile Road and Main Park Drive, near the entrance to Stony Creek Metro Park, pictured, for a two vehicle crash that resulted in two dead and one injured.

The Shelby Township Police and Fire Departments were dispatched shortly before 11 a.m. Oct. 14 to 26 Mile Road and Main Park Drive, near the entrance to Stony Creek Metro Park, pictured, for a two vehicle crash that resulted in two dead and one injured.

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Police looking for witnesses to fatal 26 Mile Road crash

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published October 16, 2019

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Police Department is looking to the public for assistance to determine what exactly occurred on 26 Mile Road that resulted in a crash that left two people dead and one injured.

The Shelby Township Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to 26 Mile Road and Main Park Drive, near the entrance to Stony Creek Metropark, for a two-vehicle crash at 10:55 a.m. Oct. 14.

According to police, a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling westbound on 26 Mile Road and went into the turnaround to enter Stony Creek Metro Park, which crosses eastbound traffic.

As the 2019 Jeep was crossing the eastbound lanes of 26 Mile Road, it was in a collision with a 2016 Dodge Ram, which was traveling eastbound on 26 Mile Road.

The Ram hit the passenger side of the Jeep, according to police.

“This crash on 26 Mile is still in the early part of the investigation process. We used our FARO scanning device to measure the scene. Once we download all the measurement data, as well as download both vehicles’ black box data recorders, we will get a better idea how fast each vehicle was going. However, it is too early in the investigation,” Shelby Township Police Sgt. Mark Benedettini said in an email.

The driver of the 2019 Jeep was an 84-year-old resident of Shelby Township. He was transported to a local hospital and died a short time after the crash, police said.  

The passenger of the Jeep, who was also an 84-year-old Shelby Township resident and the driver’s wife, was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries. She died Oct. 16, police said.

The driver of the 2016 Dodge Ram was a 26-year-old resident of Armada. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police are looking into the possibility of a light having been run.

“We suspect one of the vehicles disregarded the red light. We are in the process of trying to determine which vehicle was at fault,” said Benedettini.

Police don’t believe that drugs or alcohol were involved. 

“At this point, it does not appear that alcohol/drugs played a factor in the crash. Our traffic crash reconstructionist will investigate to determine the cause of the crash. We are asking for any witnesses to contact us,” Shelby Township Police Capt. Jason Schmittler stated in an email.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call Benedettini at (586) 731-2121, ext. 483, or to send an email to mbenedettini@shelbytwp.org.

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