Thursday, June 22, 2017

Speeding 22-year-old female driver killed, and two 14-year old teens gravely injured in Sterling Heights, Michigan head-on crash after the female driver tried to speed around another car on the shoulder, lost control and crashed head-on with a minivan

By Derick Hutchinson 

Updated: 6:26 AM, June 22, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. - A 22-year-old Roseville woman is dead and two 14-year-old girls are in grave condition after a head-on crash in Sterling Heights.

Police responded to the crash at 2:52 p.m. Wednesday on Utica Road just west of Hayes Road.

Sterling Heights police said a 1999 gold Buick Century was traveling in a lane that was ending, so the 22-year-old driver tried to speed around another car on the shoulder.

Instead, the Buick went onto the gravel, lost control and went across the center line. Police said it slid sideways into oncoming traffic and collided with a gold Chrysler Town & Country minivan.

Three women were trapped inside in the Buick and Sterling Heights firefighters were called to extricate them from the wreckage.

The three women were taken to a nearby hospital, where the driver was pronounced dead. The two teenage passengers were taken to Children's Hospital in Detroit in critical condition, officials said.

A 59-year-old driver and 14-year-old passenger were inside the minivan. They were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries and are expected to be OK. They are listed in stable condition.

Utica Road was closed between Hayes Road and Schoenherr from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Police said distracted driving, alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in the crash. Aggressive driving and speed appear to have played a role.

The crash is still under investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the Traffic Safety Bureau at 586-446-2920.


STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WJBK) - A 22-year-old was killed and two teens were critically injured in a head-on crash in Sterling Heights.

Police say that one of the drivers was going the wrong way on Utica Road and Forester, causing the collision with two vehicles just before 3 p.m.

Four people involved were hospitalized with two in critical condition and two in stable condition. The 22-year-old driver killed was from Roseville, while two 14-year-olds inside the vehicle, were critically injured.

Police say the 22-year-old was driving a Buick Century and was improperly trying to pass another vehicle on a gravel shoulder of the road, while northbound on Utica. The driver lost control trying to re-enter the roadway and slid sideways into the path of a Town and Country minivan heading southbound.

The driver of the minivan, a 59-year-old man and 14-year-old passenger from Kimball, are in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

The 22-year-old and 14-year-old passengers in the Buick were trapped inside from the force of the crash, and had to be extricated by the fire department. The two teens are currently at Detroit Children's Hospital of Michigan in critical condition.

Police say aggressive driving and speed are suspected to be the cause of the crash and that alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor.

Anyone with information on the accident should contact the Sterling Heights Traffic Safety Bureau at (586) 446-2920.