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Woman dies after vehicle collides with utility pole in Clinton Township

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published November 21, 2019

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At press time, the Clinton Township Police Department was investigating a fatal crash.

Sgt. Christopher Allis said that according to the preliminary investigation, at about 5:21 p.m. Nov. 20, a silver 2019 Buick LaCrosse was turning from westbound 15 Mile Road onto Garfield Road.

The driver, a 92-year-old man, reportedly ran off the roadway and struck a utility pole, causing it to break and fall on the vehicle.

As a result from hitting the pole, the passenger, an 86-year-old Clinton Township woman, sustained life-threatening injuries.

When the pole broke, live electrical wires fell on the vehicle, “making rescue efforts impossible,” according to officials. A drone pilot with the Clinton Township Police Department flew a drone to the occupants in an effort to keep them calm.

DTE Energy responded to the scene, turning off the power so rescue efforts could properly be initiated.

“Unfortunately, the female passenger had lost consciousness during that time,” Allis said.

Both occupants were taken to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, where the woman died from her injuries. She was identified as Shirley Ann Tobalski. The driver was her husband.

Neither drugs nor alcohol were suspected as factors in the crash.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Allis at (586) 615-2525, or Capt. Bruce Wade at (586) 493-7931.