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Bicyclist dies after being hit by car on Gratiot Avenue

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published January 21, 2020

File photo by Erin Sanchez


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At press time, the Clinton Township Police Department was investigating a fatal crash that led to the death of a bicyclist.

Police Sgt. Christopher Allis said the crash occurred at about 6:40 p.m. Jan. 15. A preliminary investigation indicated that the bicyclist, a 58-year-old man, was riding in the roadway on Gratiot Avenue, traveling from the west side of the road to the east side.

Simultaneously, a 2012 Honda Insight was traveling northbound in the left through lane, and reportedly struck the bicyclist.

“The Honda immediately stopped and the driver rendered aid,” Allis said.

Emergency services responded to the scene. The bicyclist was taken to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Allis said there were no independent witnesses to the crash.

He added that while the driver of the Honda was not suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the bicyclist “is suspected” of being under the influence of alcohol. It may have been a factor in the crash.

Anyone with information pertaining to the investigation is asked to contact Allis at (586) 615-2525, or Capt. Bruce Wade at (586) 493-7931.