Woman dies in three-car crash on Dequindre

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published July 3, 2013

MADISON HEIGHTS — Police are investigating a fatal accident on Dequindre Road where a driver slipped into oncoming traffic and hit another vehicle, killing the occupant of the other vehicle and causing a third vehicle to crash, as well.

The incident occurred on Dequindre near Whitcomb Avenue around 10:45 a.m. on June 29.

The vehicle that caused the crash, a white 2013 Chevy Malibu driven by a Beverly Hills woman, 40, was heading northbound on Dequindre when, for reasons unknown, she began to drift into the southbound lane.

This resulted in a head-on collision with a black 2012 Chrysler 200 driven by a Sterling Heights woman, 57, who died as a result of the crash. Police say the driver of the Malibu, meanwhile, was revived at the scene with CPR.

A burgundy 1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck also rear-ended the Chrysler 200. Both of the occupants — the male driver, 66, and the female passenger, 56, both from Troy — survived the incident. 

At press time, the status of the survivors was unclear. Madison Heights Police Lt. Robert Anderson said the police are looking into the cause of the deadly crash.

“We don’t know if the person who drifted into the lane has a medical condition or not,” Anderson said. “That’s what we’re suspecting at this time, that she possibly has some kind of medical condition that caused her to go unconscious. We’ve seen it in prior cases like this, where it unfortunately happens in the wrong place, at the wrong time.”