1 dead, 1 hospitalized after rollover crash

By: Jonathan Shead | Farmington Press | Published September 9, 2019 | Updated September 13, 2019 1:22pm

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Police are investigating a fatal rollover crash that happened the evening of Sept. 7. 

According to a press release, at approximately 8:14 p.m., witnesses in the area of 11 Mile and Inkster roads reported seeing two vehicles collide at the intersection, causing one vehicle to roll. 

One of the vehicles was seen traveling southbound on Inkster Road and the other was seen traveling eastbound on 11 Mile Road before the two collided. The collision killed one driver. The other driver was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries and was released that same night. 

As of Sept. 12, Assistant Chief Daniel Rodriguez said the department’s traffic investigators were investigating. They’ve also turned the investigation over to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for further review and possible charges. 

“We are looking at the potential for criminal charges,” he said. “Whenever there’s a loss of life, in any accident on the street, we are always looking at the potential for criminal charges.” 

Rodriguez said that in some cases, the department’s investigators can conclude that there was no wrongdoing in an accident before having to send it up the chain to the Prosecutor's Office, but in this specific incident, the department’s “preliminary investigation does show that we have one person that caused the accident,” he said. 

Police are still investigating whether any intoxicants, a high rate of speed or disregarding a traffic signal may be the cause of the crash; they are using eyewitness accounts to help piece together how it happened. 

“We are looking at the potential for any type of intoxicant, but those things are going through labs and we have to get information back before we can say for sure if that was involved,” he said. “Investigators are also looking at the intersection and traffic signals for the potential that the person ran the red light and caused the accident.” 

While there are cameras at the intersection, Rodriguez said they don’t function like regular video surveillance equipment and they didn’t capture anything of use to the department. Police are looking into other camera systems in the area to access more information. 

“The cameras you see above intersections in Oakland County, they don’t capture video. It’s a computer system that allows for better traffic flow,” he said. “A lot of times people will ask us (about the cameras there), but those cameras don’t capture anything we can use.” 

With two fatal accidents in Farmington Hills in the last three weeks — a pedestrian crash that killed a mother and her daughter Aug. 25, and this one — Rodriguez said the last few weeks have been difficult. 

“It’s really difficult because we feel the pain for these families, and our hearts go out to them,” he said. “We’ve given them their space so they can mourn and bury their loved ones. Our hearts and our thoughts and prayers always go out to them.”

Rodriguez cautions people to continue to be careful out on the roads, whether as a driver or a pedestrian. 

“Watch your speeds, pay attention, be a defensive driver; all those things matter,” he said. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident should contact the Farmington Hills Police Command Desk at (248) 871-2610. 

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