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Truck crashes into home, driver dies

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published June 28, 2020

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A Sterling Heights home was visited by tragedy June 26 when a truck crashed into it, leading to the death of the driver. 

First responders went to the area of 19 Mile Road and Hanks Lane at around 10 a.m. June 26 after being alerted about a vehicle hitting a house.

Police said they saw the maroon Ram pickup truck in question, and the home had “substantial property damage.” They also said a 48-year-old Sterling Heights man who had been driving the Ram suffered obviously mortal injuries.

Police believe that the Ram was the only vehicle involved in the crash. As investigators pieced the facts together, they concluded that the truck had been heading northbound on Hanks Lane before it apparently hit a pole and a mailbox before moving northbound to 19 Mile “at a high rate of speed.” Upon reaching the road, the vehicle reportedly hit a median, “vaulted” across westbound 19 Mile and hit a home on the road’s north side. No one inside of the occupied home was injured, the report stated.  

Police so far suspect that there might be a medical reason behind the crash. Whether alcohol or drugs played a factor is unclear at this time, police explained.

Officers shut down westbound 19 Mile in that area for around six hours to investigate the incident. The length of time required was due to “structural construction” that had to be done to the house in order to guarantee investigators’ safety, they said.

In a text message, Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski said the situation of vehicles striking residential dwellings is “quite uncommon” in the city.

“When it does happen, it shakes the entire family to the core because your home is where you are supposed to feel safe and secure,” he said. “Our condolences go out to the driver’s family, and we are so very thankful no additional people inside of the home were injured.”

Police are asking anyone who knows more about this incident to call the Sterling Heights Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau at (586) 446-2920.

Call Staff Writer Eric Czarnik at (586) 498-1058.

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