Fatal traffic crash investigation continues

Driver struck and killed after crashing on 696

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published November 9, 2017

WARREN — At press time, the Michigan State Police Metro North Post and the MSP Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit continued to investigate a traffic crash that occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 on Interstate 696 at Mound Road.


According to a MSP press release from Lt. Michael A. Shaw, autopsy results and a prosecutor review in the crash are pending. The press release states the MSP Metro North Post responded to the incident that day.


According to the MSP, the preliminary investigation revealed that a Honda SUV was travelling westbound on I-696 when the driver drove left onto the shoulder and struck the median wall. The vehicle came to rest with the driver's side up against the wall. The SUV was disabled as the left front tire was flat/shredded on the rim.


Police did not know how fast the Honda SUV was traveling at the time of the crash.


“We are getting search warrants to look at the data recorder in the vehicle,” Shaw said in an email.


According to police, the male driver exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot by jumping over the median wall and began crossing the eastbound lanes of the interstate. The man reportedly was struck by a Dodge Challenger and dragged on the roadway, ending up lodged underneath the vehicle. The SUV driver was pronounced dead on the scene.


According to police, the driver of the Dodge stopped after the crash, was interviewed and released as the investigation continues. Shaw said the driver of the Dodge was not injured in the incident. Police were also unsure how fast  the Dodge Challenger was driving at the time and were investigating that as well.


Police are not releasing the name of those involved in the crash, including the deceased. Police don’t know if the SUV driver left the scene of the crash to get help.


“Being that he died in this incident we will never know,” Shaw stated. “He did not contact 911.”


It’s unclear how long the investigation will take as it depends on autopsy results and the time it takes to get those back. The primary purpose of the reconstruction unit is to determine as accurately as possible how a collision occurred using the physical facts and evidence available at the crash scene and application of the laws of physics.


No further details about the crash were released at press time.