Pedestrian, 84, fatally struck in Royal Oak

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published October 18, 2021

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ROYAL OAK — At approximately 8:10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, Royal Oak police and paramedics responded to 911 calls about a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle on East 13 Mile Road, near Campbell Road.

The preliminary investigation determined that the pedestrian, an 84-year-old Royal Oak resident, had been struck by a vehicle that was traveling westbound and being driven by a 19-year-old Royal Oak resident. Police said the pedestrian was attempting to cross from the north to the south side of 13 Mile Road, outside the area of the crosswalk.

“He lives on 13 Mile Road, so he was crossing 13 Mile Road directly out from where he resides. It was a bit of a shortcut for him,” said Lt. Al Carter, of the Royal Oak Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. “He is a regular customer at 7-Eleven, which is at 13 Mile and Campbell. We believe that’s where he was headed. The clerk recognized him as a regular customer.”

Carter said the man was transported to Beaumont Hospital for treatment and was pronounced deceased a short time later due to his injuries. Several lanes of 13 Mile Road were closed for a time so that law enforcement could investigate.

“It was right around dusk, so it was a little bit darker out there. The driver had the green light at the intersection of 13 Mile and Campbell, so he wasn’t found at fault,” Carter said. “Alcohol is not believed to be a factor at all.”

He said the driver and passenger stopped at the scene and were cooperative with police.

“He was visibly upset,” Carter said. “We had some residents stop and assist as well to render aid.”

He said police are not yet releasing the name of the deceased resident and that the incident is still under investigation by the Royal Oak Police Department and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

“Our detective who is working with the Sheriff’s Office is going to reach out for the results of the autopsy, which hasn’t been performed yet,” Carter said in an Oct. 18 phone interview.

He added that the Sheriff’s Office has a team that specializes in accident investigation and can re-create the whole scene.

“They can tell how fast the vehicle was traveling and when it applied the brakes,” he said. “It’s still under investigation.”