Fatal crash near Hoover and 11 Mile under investigation

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published December 14, 2016

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WARREN — A car crash that took the life of a Warren woman late last month remains under investigation, as police await the results of a driver’s blood test and a crash data report from one of the vehicles involved.

Ashley Ridling, 27, was a passenger in a silver Ford Crown Victoria that was hit broadside by a black Chevy Silverado pickup truck at Hoover and Stanford, just south of 11 Mile Road, at 9:13 p.m. Nov. 28. The crash immediately followed a collision between the Crown Victoria and another vehicle.  

“A gray Ford Escape was traveling southbound just through 11 Mile Road when it was struck, sideswiped by a silver Crown Victoria going the same way,” said Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, of the Warren Police Department. “The Crown Victoria lost control, swerved into oncoming traffic and was hit broadside by a black 2015 Silverado on Hoover at Stamford.”

Mills said the Crown Victoria then hit a metal light pole on the side of the roadway. Ridling, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Witnesses describe the silver car as going at a high rate of speed, going southbound,” Mills said. “It went to make a lane change, collided with the back-end driver’s side quarter panel of the Escape, lost control, crossed the roadway and was hit broadside by the Silverado.”

Police believe alcohol or drugs may be a factor. A blood test remained pending for the 21-year-old Warren man who was behind the wheel of the Crown Victoria. He was reportedly taken to the hospital by the Warren Fire Department for treatment. 

Mills said the Michigan State Police were also assisting with the retrieval of crash data as part of the ongoing investigation.

The Silverado was driven by a 74-year-old Warren man. Police said he was wearing a seat belt and that speed was not a factor. Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams said the man was not transported from the scene by ambulance. 

McAdams said a 50-year-old woman and her 31-year-old daughter, both of St. Clair Shores, were uninjured in the Ford Escape.