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Mother and child struck, killed on 12 Mile

By: Jonathan Shead | Farmington Press | Published August 26, 2019 | Updated August 26, 2019 10:45am


Farmington Hills police are investigating a late-evening car crash that killed two pedestrians Aug. 25. 

According to a press release, at approximately 9:58 p.m. witnesses reported seeing a vehicle strike two Farmington Hills residents, a mother and a young child, while they were attempting to cross 12 Mile Road, west of Parkhill Street and Orchard Lake Road. The vehicle was travelling westbound on 12 Mile Road. 

Assistant Chief Daniel Rodriguez said there were potentially two vehicles, a Ford Focus and a Honda Civic, one for certain, involved in the crash. 

Rodriguez said it was not a hit-and-run, and there are no indications that alcohol, high speeds or reckless driving were factors. 

“We have people cooperating with us as far as who were involved in the accident,” he said. “We’re in the midst of clearing up exactly how it occurred and how it unfolded.” 

Rodriguez said police know the victims were not crossing at a crosswalk — there is not a crosswalk at the location. The victims were transported to a hospital after the incident occurred and were later pronounced dead. 

“Our hearts go out, obviously, to the family in this tragic loss. Our community is wrapping their arms around the family, and officers are working diligently through the night to try to make sure we determine exactly what happened so we can get a better picture of how this all occurred.” 

Rodriguez said he’s not sure whether charges will be filed against the drivers involved in the crash. 

“I don’t intend to guess what the Prosecutor’s Office will say,” he said. “It will be presented to the Prosecutor's Office. That’s just standard procedure.” 

Rodriguez said the department is doing “pretty good putting the pieces together,” but still encourages anyone in the area who may have witnessed the crash to share what they know with police. 

People can contact the Farmington Hills Police Department Command Desk at (248) 871-2610.