A “Slow Your Roll” summer police traffic enforcement campaign sign stands in front of Van Dyke Avenue, near 18 Mile Road, June 15.

A “Slow Your Roll” summer police traffic enforcement campaign sign stands in front of Van Dyke Avenue, near 18 Mile Road, June 15.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Teen dies after crash at Van Dyke and 18 Mile

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published July 16, 2021

STERLING HEIGHTS — An early-morning traffic collision in Sterling Heights claimed the life of a teenage city resident July 3, according to the Sterling Heights Police Department.

Police were called to northbound Van Dyke to check out a traffic crash involving a pair of vehicles just before 6 a.m. at the intersection of Van Dyke Avenue and 18 Mile Road.

According to investigators, the victim’s vehicle — which was later identified by police as an older-model BMW sedan — was heading westward along 18 Mile until it entered the Van Dyke intersection, where it was reportedly hit by a white 2014 Dodge Durango driving on northbound Van Dyke.

A person inside the struck vehicle, a 17-year-old Sterling Heights male, suffered fatal injuries, police said. The Sterling Heights Fire Department reportedly extracted the teen from the vehicle and tried to help him, but he was declared dead after being sent to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township, police said.

Police said the person in the Durango was hospitalized for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Officers added that they were investigating whether drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash. Sterling Heights police Lt. David Allen said the vehicle “speeds are unknown at this time, and we are still investigating the details of the crash to determine if any violations are warranted.” Lt. Mario Bastianelli also stressed via email that the incident is still under investigation.

Police said they shut down the Van Dyke-18 Mile intersection for around 4 1/2 hours following the crash.

Anyone who has more information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau by calling (586) 446-2920.