Detroit man dies in crash

Police believe alcohol may have been involved

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published April 16, 2015


MADISON HEIGHTS — At press time, police in Madison Heights were awaiting the toxicology results for a man who died when he crashed his car into a local business April 13. Police suspected that the driver may have been drinking.

The incident occurred around 10:50 p.m. The 22-year-old man, identified as Talando Mattox, of Detroit, was allegedly speeding northbound on John R in his 2010 Dodge Charger, when the vehicle veered off the roadway and struck the corner of CK Fruit Market, 30160 John R Road.

The wall where it crashed was demolished, revealing the inside of the building. Emergency responders extracted the driver and transported him to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses told police that the vehicle must have been traveling between 60 and 90 mph. It will take several months for toxicology results to come back and confirm what happened.

“The vehicle is completely totaled,” said Madison Heights Deputy Police Chief Corey Haines. “You probably couldn’t even recognize the car. It’s heavily damaged.”

No one else was hurt.

“I’d again caution people, if you’re going to be drinking, before you get in the vehicle, make the better choice and make sure you have a designated driver,” Haines said. “It’s so much safer that way. We don’t always make the best decisions after we’ve been drinking. In a case like this, it seems a young life might’ve been taken tragically due to alcohol. And if that’s the case, it’s for no good reason.

“And it could’ve been worse,” he added. “He could’ve hit someone else, or he could’ve had someone in the vehicle with him. Anything could’ve happened.”