Man dies in crash with stopped SMART bus

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 27, 2018

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ROSEVILLE — Roseville police are investigating a crash that took place on eastbound 12 Mile Road at Rosemont Street at 8:40 p.m. Feb. 26 that resulted in the death of a 24-year-old Warren resident.

Police said the 24-year-old was driving a 2001 Toyota Echo on eastbound 12 Mile Road. He was unable to stop his vehicle and struck a Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation bus that was stopped on 12 Mile Road to pick up a passenger. Rosemont Street is west of Utica Road.

The driver was pronounced deceased at a local hospital, according to police, and one passenger on the bus was taken to the hospital for what police said were "apparently minor injuries."

The 24-year-old’s mother was made aware of the incident the morning of Feb. 27 by police, according to Roseville Deputy Police Chief Donald Glandon.

“There’s really no update other than an unfortunate incident where a young man lost his life due to a traffic crash,” said Glandon Feb. 27.

Glandon said that 12 Mile Road was reopened “at about midnight.”

“It was closed for about three hours, give or take,” he said.

Glandon said there was damage to the SMART bus involved in the crash, but he didn’t know the extent of the damages.

“The SMART bus will have to be inspected, but it’s out of service. Looking at it last night, it is a fairly big vehicle and there was some damage to the back end,” said Glandon.

Roseville police had not taken anyone into custody over the matter as of Feb. 27.

“There’s no pending criminal charges or anything at this point,” said Glandon. “There’s no indication of criminal activity based on what we know over the last 14 hours,” he added.

As far as toxicology reports, Glandon said they would take a few weeks. In a press release Feb. 26, police said it was “too early to determine if distracted driving, intoxicants, or other substances were involved.”