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Driver dies in early morning Mound crash

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published August 28, 2018

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An early morning crash claimed the life of a Sterling Heights man Aug. 28, according to Sterling Heights police.

Police said they were dispatched to Mound Road, south of Metropolitan Parkway, just after 2 a.m. Tuesday for an accident between a Ford Focus and a tractor-trailer. Police said the Focus had been going north on Mound when it rear-ended the tractor-trailer, which had stopped at a red light.

When the Sterling Heights Fire Department arrived they confirmed that the Focus’ driver — the only person in the car — had died. Police identified him as a 20-year-old resident of Sterling Heights. Police said the tractor-trailer’s driver wasn’t hurt.

Police said they don’t know what might’ve led to the fatal crash, adding that possible factors like speed or alcohol have not been fully investigated.

Sterling Heights Police Lt. Mario Bastianelli said he doesn’t know whether Mound Road construction — from north of 14 Mile Road to 18 Mile Road — played a factor in the crash. He said he couldn’t comment on whether the deceased driver had been wearing a seatbelt, or how fast he had been traveling.

“The accident is under investigation,” he said. “There was severe damage to the Focus that hit the tractor-trailer.”

Police said they closed northbound Mound in that area for around five hours before reopening it.

Anyone who has more information about the crash is encouraged to contact the Sterling Heights Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau at (586) 446-2920.

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