Pedestrian killed in early morning crash on Telegraph

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published November 15, 2017

Police are investigating a crash that killed a local woman the morning of Nov. 15. 

According to a news release from Lt. Christine Miller, acting investigations division commander for the Southfield Police Department, police were dispatched to the area of 12 Mile and Telegraph roads at around 6:57 a.m. Nov. 15 on a report of a serious injury accident involving a pedestrian. 

When police arrived, Miller said, they found bystanders attempting to perform CPR on the pedestrian. 

Soon after, medical personnel arrived at the scene, and they transported the victim, a 59-year-old Detroit woman, to a hospital. 

The woman died at the hospital from her injuries, police said. 

Miller said in the news release that a preliminary investigation revealed that the woman had been attempting to cross over 12 Mile, east of Telegraph Road, when she was struck by a vehicle travelling eastbound on 12 Mile. 

The woman was walking east of the crosswalk, Miller said. 

The driver remained at the scene, Miller said, and was interviewed by the police. 

Using 2016 data provided by the Michigan State Police, Michigan Auto Law, auto accident attorneys, compiled a list of the Top 20 Most Dangerous Intersections in April, ranking the intersection of Telegraph and 12 Mile roads third. 

According to the group’s website,, the stats include any accident that occurred within 250 feet of an intersection, including turnarounds and highway on/off ramps.

Telegraph and 12 Mile was named the third-most dangerous intersection, with 145 crashes and 30 injury crashes.

Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, said in a previous report that police believe the number of crashes on Telegraph, at 12 Mile, is due to the volume of traffic in the area. 

Loussia said previously that 120,000 vehicles travel through the intersection per day, which he said is a main factor in the number of crashes. 

The crash is still under investigation, police said.