An early morning fatal car crash shut down the intersection of Metropolitan Parkway and Groesbeck Highway May 8. Police believe the deceased driver was speeding and may have spotted a squad car before crashing into another vehicle and utility pole.

An early morning fatal car crash shut down the intersection of Metropolitan Parkway and Groesbeck Highway May 8. Police believe the deceased driver was speeding and may have spotted a squad car before crashing into another vehicle and utility pole.

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Police: Speeding driver dies after crash, rollover in Clinton Township

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published May 9, 2019

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A 24-year-old man is dead after the vehicle he was driving at reportedly high speed collided with another vehicle in the early morning hours of May 8.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said May 9 that the victim, who lived in Macomb Township and Detroit, may have been trying to avoid a police car before the fatal crash.

Maierle said that at about 3:20 a.m., one of Clinton Township’s squad cars was running radar on Metropolitan Parkway, near Groesbeck Highway.

“This guy is doing 77 mph,” Maierle said. “The car is going westbound, and the car blows by (the squad car).”

About a half-mile down Metropolitan Parkway, the man reportedly utilized the turnaround in his SUV. Maierle said “the guy must have saw” the squad car and may have tried to get away.

At the turnaround, the man reportedly did not look or obey the traffic light, pulling out onto Groesbeck and hitting a Chevrolet Malibu driven by a woman traveling north.

When impact occurred, the man’s SUV reportedly rolled and took down a nearby utility pole. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, while the woman fractured her pelvis, but is expected to be OK, according to police.

At press time, it was unclear whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

The roadway in each direction at the intersection was closed for many hours that day. The Michigan Department of Transportation tweeted at 12:37 p.m. that the lanes had been cleared.

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