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Berkley resident, 88, dies from injuries after being hit by SUV

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published July 27, 2020

BBERKLEY — An 88-year-old Berkley man who was struck by a vehicle on Coolidge Highway July 20 has died from his injuries.

At 12:36 p.m. that day, officers from the Berkley Public Safety Department responded to calls of an accident in the area of Coolidge and Sunnyknoll Avenue, which is just south of Catalpa Drive.

Berkley Public Safety Detective Lt. Andrew Hadfield said police found the man in the middle of the road.

“In speaking with witnesses, it appears he was walking northbound on Coolidge and made a turn into the traffic lanes,” Hadfield said. “There was not a crosswalk where he turned and started walking across the road.”

At that time, Hadfield said, an SUV being driven by a 35-year-old Berkley woman was pulling out of a nearby parking lot. The woman appeared to have checked traffic both ways and did not notice any oncoming vehicles before entering the roadway.

“She started to proceed and then — at that point — had struck him as he entered into the road, basically not seeing the gentleman in the road,” Hadfield said.

Public safety officers shut down Coolidge while tending to the scene and beginning their investigation into what had happened. The man was taken to Beaumont Hospital, where he died from his injuries July 22, police said.

Hadfield said it doesn’t look like charges will be issued. A post on the department’s Facebook page also clarified that its preliminary investigation into the accident “revealed that speed, intoxicants, distracted driving, and the configuration of the road were not a factor in the crash.”

“At this time, it just looks like an accident,” Hadfield said. “The pedestrian was in the road not crossing at a crosswalk, so there doesn’t look like there was any criminal acts in regards to the driver, other than being in an unfortunate accident of not seeing the pedestrian in the road.”