Traffic Incidents

Published October 12, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — More than a year after it began, a construction project on Nine Mile Road has finally wrapped up.

The $2.8 million project is part of a $99 million, citywide infrastructure overhaul that voters approved in 2014. Federal funding provided $1.3 million for the project.

City officials and residents met in the turn lane of the road to celebrate the completion of the project at 10 a.m. Oct. 6.

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Published October 11, 2016

At approximately 12:08 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Shelby Township Police and Fire departments responded to a 911 call that two double-bottom haulers had collided on Ryan Road, south of 22 Mile Road, near Coyote Joe’s Nightclub.

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Published October 7, 2016

NEW HAVEN — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reports that a 78-year-old Harrison Township man died today after his motorcycle struck an SUV in New Haven.

According to Lt. John Michalke, the incident happened at 11:10 a.m. A 56-year-old New Haven woman was traveling eastbound on New Haven Road and was turning northbound onto Gratiot Avenue when the victim, who was traveling westbound on New Haven Road, struck her 2003 Ford Explorer. He ultimately died from his injuries, officials report.

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Published October 4, 2016

FRASER/WARREN/ROSEVILLE — A Roseville man has been charged with armed robbery following a police pursuit involving multiple departments.

Kenneth James Ervin, 41, was arraigned Oct. 3, in 39th District Court in Roseville. His bond was set at $250,000 without 10 percent cash or surety.

The incident occurred around 11 a.m. Oct. 2 at the Walgreens near 13 Mile Road and Groesbeck Highway in Fraser.

Ervin allegedly walked into the store and approached two female clerks. He allegedly implied he had a gun.

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Published October 3, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Several were injured in a multi-vehicle crash caused by an alleged drunken driver on Interstate 94 in Harrison Township Sept. 28.

According to a report released by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, a 30-year-old Romulus woman was traveling in a silver 2002 Dodge Durango in the westbound lanes of the highway near N. River Road at around 11:43 p.m. when she reportedly rear-ended another vehicle.

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Published September 28, 2016

WARREN — Warren police said James Nowak, of St. Clair Shores, died Sept. 27 after the motorcycle he was operating struck a curb around 3:25 p.m. on Hoover Road at Chicago Road.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said Nowak, 54, was travelling southbound on Hoover when he apparently lost control of the 2013 Harley-Davidson and crashed. Nowak was reportedly dead at the scene. 

“He was catapulted in the air. The bike landed on top of him,” Mills said. “He was wearing a helmet. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.”

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Published September 26, 2016

At approximately 4:23 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, the Shelby Township Police and Fire departments responded to a crash on M-53 between 23 Mile and 24 Mile roads.

The initial investigation found that a red Ford Explorer driven by a 44-year-old Capac man was heading southbound on M-53 when it crossed the center median and struck a white Chevy Malibu driven by a 37-year-old Memphis man.

The 37-year-old man, Scott L. Bajorek, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Published September 26, 2016

A Michigan State Police trooper is recovering from a broken clavicle and two broken ribs after being struck by another vehicle on Interstate 94 as he was traveling to a funeral.

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Published September 22, 2016

A portion of eastbound Hall Road in Sterling Heights was temporarily closed Sept. 21 after a four-car crash sent four people to the hospital with injuries — one person’s critical — according to Sterling Heights police.

According to a police report, at around 2:30 p.m. on Hall Road, near Delco Boulevard, a man driving a 2016 Ford F-150 pickup truck reportedly struck the back of a 2015 Buick Encore. The first impact caused a chain of crashes involving a 2007 Pontiac Vibe and a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox, police said.

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Published September 21, 2016

The Michigan State Police Metro Post is investigating a fatal rollover crash on Interstate 696 that ended the life of a 42-year-old Albion, Indiana, man around 10:30 a.m. Sept. 20.

Lt. Calvin Hart confirmed during a recent phone interview that Chad David Thompson was traveling eastbound on I-696, east of Orchard Lake Road, when he may have fallen asleep at the wheel, which caused him to drive onto the road’s right shoulder, lose control, and roll over.

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Published September 12, 2016

A 66-year-old Troy man died of injuries he sustained in a crash at Stephenson Highway and Maple Road just before 10:30 a.m. Sept. 11.

Police continue to investigate the cause of the accident.

Police said Michael Irvin Burke was traveling southbound in a blue 2004 Dodge Neon on Stephenson Highway through the Maple Road intersection when a silver 2009 Chrysler 300 traveling westbound struck his car.

Burke was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Published August 17, 2016

The Roseville Police Department Traffic Bureau is investigating a fatal crash involving an 80-year-old St. Clair Shores resident who reportedly exited the parking lot of Kroger on 13 Mile Road, between Flora and St. Margaret streets, and collided with a semi-truck at approximately 1 p.m. Aug. 17.

The St. Clair Shores resident was transported to a local hospital where she died shortly after arriving, according to police.

Roseville Deputy Police Chief Donald Glandon stated in a news release that the driver of the semi-truck had no apparent injuries.

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Published August 15, 2016

A man is dead and a woman is in the hospital following an early morning weekend crash.

According to Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, police were called at around 6:33 a.m. Aug. 14 to the scene of an accident on southbound Telegraph Road, north of 12 Mile.

Goff said a 65-year-old man from Bloomfield Hills was travelling southbound on Telegraph when he rear-ended a vehicle that was stopped at the traffic signal north of 12 Mile.

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Published August 5, 2016

The Roseville Police Department is investigating a three-car crash that occurred at about 10 a.m. Aug. 5 on southbound Gratiot at Masonic that has caused southbound Gratiot and eastbound and westbound Masonic to be closed to all traffic, according to a news release sent from Roseville Police Chief James P. Berlin.

Berlin said that the preliminary investigation indicates that a minivan ran a red light and struck a vehicle traveling southbound on Gratiot. That vehicle then swerved and hit a third vehicle.

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Published August 3, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A 41-year-old Mount Morris man died after he lost control of his motorcycle in Harrison Township the night of Aug. 2, sheriff’s officials report.

According to Macomb County Sheriff’s Lt. John Michalke, the crash occurred at approximately 10:16 p.m. in the 37000 block of Townhall Street.

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Published July 25, 2016

SOUTHFIELD ― A Michigan State Police Trooper is recovering at a hospital after a recent early morning freeway crash.

According to Michigan State Police First Lt. Mike Shaw, the crash occurred around 7 a.m. July 25, when a trooper was called to the area of eastbound Interstate 696 and M-10 on report of a rollover drunk driving crash.

“As the trooper pulled up to the scene, a large state truck hauling construction equipment failed to stop and struck the rear of the patrol car,” Shaw said.

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Published July 22, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP -- The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a motorist who on July 21 struck a 15-year-old girl riding her bike in Harrison Township.

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Published July 11, 2016

CENTER LINE — An investigation into an afternoon collision that killed a middle-aged bicyclist at 10 Mile and Federal July 7 remains open and ongoing, while a final confirmation of the deceased man’s identity is still pending.

Lt. Thomas Costello of the Center Line Public Safety Department said the bicyclist, thought to be 61, apparently left a party store at the intersection just after 3 p.m. when he was struck on Federal by a Chrysler 300.

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Published June 23, 2016

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WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — Two suspects were apprehended and were among five people injured — including two police officers — after a bank robbery in Sterling Heights led to a pursuit and two crashes in Warren shortly after 1 p.m. on June 23. 

According to Sterling Heights Police Capt. Dale Dwojakowski, a bank robbery was reported at about 12:50 p.m. at the Vibe Credit Union, located at 33950 Van Dyke Ave. in Sterling Heights, just north of 14 Mile Road. Police said no one was hurt during the incident, and no weapon was reportedly seen.

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Published June 22, 2016

Police said a 23-year-old Pontiac man took his own life by lying on the railroad tracks near Catalpa Drive the morning of June 22.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens said the man’s next of kin was notified June 23.

“We are withholding the name out of respect and compassion for the family,” he said.

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