Jeep driver killed in fatal crash

Multiple occupants injured in other vehicle

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published April 15, 2019

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STERLING HEIGHTS — An evening traffic crash claimed the life of a Jeep driver in Sterling Heights April 13, and multiple occupants were reportedly hurt in the collision’s other vehicle, the Sterling Heights Police Department said.

Sterling Heights police officers and Fire Department rescuers responded to the intersection of 18 Mile and Ryan roads for an accident at around 7:38 p.m. April 13.

According to a police statement, a silver 2013 BMW and a red 2009 Jeep reportedly were involved in the crash.

The Jeep driver, the only person in the vehicle, was a 69-year-old Sterling Heights resident, police said. The driver reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Beaumont Hospital, Troy, but soon after was declared dead, police said.

Four people were inside the BMW, all teenagers: a 17-year-old from Macomb Township, and Shelby Township residents ages 16, 17 and 19. Police said all four teens sustained injuries that didn’t jeopardize their lives. The BMW driver reportedly stayed at the accident site while the three passengers were sent to the hospital.

Police believe that the Jeep was on Ryan trying to turn left onto westbound 18 Mile. That’s when the crash happened, causing the Jeep to spin onto the southwest corner of the intersection and catch fire, police said. Meanwhile, the BMW reportedly hit a tree.

No one was arrested, and police said the BMW driver has been cooperative with the authorities. Police said they don’t think drugs or alcohol were to blame for the crash. Police said that the intersection was closed for around six hours during the investigation.

Sterling Heights Police Lt. Mario Bastianelli said he couldn’t discuss what roles speed or traffic signals played in the crash, citing an ongoing investigation. But he warned drivers to keep their guard up when crossing through intersections.

“Any driver should always use more care and caution while operating their vehicles,” he said. “Typically, most serious injury accidents occur in intersections.”

Anyone who has more information about this crash is encouraged to call the Sterling Heights Police Department at (586) 446-2920.

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