Police say alcohol, visibility contribute to fatal crash on M-5

By: Jonathan Shead | Farmington Press | Published October 13, 2020


A fatal crash along the M-5 highway, near Halsted Road, has taken the life of a 24-year-old Hamtramck man. 

Investigators from the Farmington Hills Police Department said in a news release that alcohol and visibility have been identified as contributing factors in the fatal accident. 

A preliminary investigation found that the victim was walking westbound in the eastbound lanes of M-5 with a 25-year-old man from Detroit at approximately 12:30 a.m. Oct. 12 when the Hamtramck man was struck by a vehicle travelling eastbound on the highway. 

Farmington Hills Police Chief Jeff King stated the pedestrian was found to have been drinking and walking in the middle of the roadway, at a portion of the highway that was unlit. The pedestrian was also wearing dark clothing, he said. 

The victim was taken to Beaumont Hospital Farmington Hills to be treated, but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The driver of the vehicle involved, a 21-year-old Dearborn man, and his three passengers were uninjured. 

“The driver stopped and was cooperative with all aspects of the investigation,” King said. “The investigation is continuing, but we have seen no criminal activity on behalf of the driver of the vehicle at this time.” 

This crash comes a month after a 37-year-old Livonia man was fatally struck Sept. 17 by a Ford Explorer while riding his bicycle on Middlebelt Road, near Liberty Street. 

Several factors can contribute to life-saving protocols for pedestrians and bicyclists, King said, including using sidewalks and crosswalks whenever possible; wearing reflective clothing, vests and headgear, and mounting reflectors on bicycles; and taking into account the lighting of the roadway and other roadway conditions. 

“Any one factor cannot absolutely ensure complete safety, but the more factors that people, be it pedestrians or a bicyclist, take improves their safety,” King said, “because when sharing the roadway with a 3,000-4,000 pound vehicle travelling at speed, there’s an inherent danger in that alone.” 

Police ask anyone with information about the accident to call the Farmington Hills Police Department at (248) 871-2610.