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Pedestrians crossing dark road struck by truck

One dead, one hospitalized after incident on Gratiot

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published April 14, 2016


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a truck and pedestrians that killed one person and injured another.

Around 6 a.m. on April 13, a red Dodge Ram truck was traveling northbound on Gratiot Avenue. The vehicle was driving in the left through lane when the two victims were walking from the east side of Gratiot to the west side, near Capitol Boulevard — about 1 1/2 miles south of Hall Road.

Both individuals were struck on the truck’s front passenger side. The truck came to an immediate stop, at which point the driver attempted to render emergency aid.

The driver, who was alone in the vehicle, remained on scene until authorities arrived. The driver had not been arrested at press time, and according to Sgt. Chris Allis, the driver was cooperative and neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to be a factor in the incident.

As for the two pedestrians, Allis said a 56-year-old man from Clinton Township has died, while the condition of a 36-year-old man from Eastpointe was currently unknown.

Both individuals were originally transported to McLaren Macomb Hospital. The injured individual was transported later to Royal Oak Beaumont for further treatment.

The crash occurred in what was described as a “poorly lit section of Gratiot,” about 150 yards from an intersection and crosswalk. The two pedestrians attempted to cross the five-lane, 45 miles-per-hour road in an area without proper lights or signals.

“Nighttime visibility is always an issue,” Allis said.

Allis said “a couple” independent witnesses spoke with police. The possibility of nearby surveillance footage being available is also being looked into.

“I spoke to a couple places and we’re in the process of seeing if there were any cameras,” he said.

The names of the victims were being withheld at press time in order to properly notify the families.

Anyone who has information about the crash is asked to contact the Clinton Township Police Department at (586) 493-7802.