Driver, 69, dies after striking Royal Oak home

Man may have suffered medical episode

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published March 18, 2019

File photo by Deb Jacques


ROYAL OAK — At approximately 7:28 p.m. Sunday, March 17, a Royal Oak resident called 911 after a small SUV struck the homeowner’s residence, located in the area of Lloyd and Woodland avenues, near Woodward Avenue and 12 Mile Road.

First responders located the vehicle resting on its side against the home and worked to rescue the 69-year-old driver within. The driver, a Trenton resident, was transported to Beaumont Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased, according to police.

The Royal Oak Police Department’s preliminary investigation determined that the driver may have suffered an unknown medical episode.

Lt. Keith Spencer, of the Royal Oak Police Department, said a witness told police that prior to the crash, the witness observed the vehicle driving slowly but erratically down the residential street.

The occupants of the home were not injured in the crash, and Spencer said the Trenton man was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

“There was some minor damage (to the home, including) a broken window and a bowed-in wall,” Spencer said.

The incident is under investigation, and police ask that anyone with information contact the Royal Oak Police Department at (248) 246-3500.