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March 26, 2013

Charges likely after fatal crash at Nine Mile and Ryan

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

WARREN — The driver of a truck who allegedly blew through a red light at Ryan and Nine Mile Road March 25 and slammed into another pick-up truck, killing a 54-year-old Warren man, could face criminal charges as early as this week.

Warren Police Detective Lt. Heidi Metz said the man killed in the crash was driving west on Ryan through a green light at the intersection when his 1989 Ford truck was apparently broadsided by a 2010 Dodge Ram that ran the light.

“The light was red for him. Traffic was stopped in both lanes,” Metz said. “According to witnesses, he drove from the left turn lane against the light at a speed in excess of 50 mph. He struck the victim’s vehicle on the passenger side and forced him into a utility pole.”

Metz said the force of the crash likely caused the Ford truck to roll over after it was hit, before it struck the pole.

The victim, whose name was not released pending the notification of family members, was traveling alone in the truck and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The driver of the Ram truck, a man who was not identified by police, and two passengers were also taken to area hospitals for treatment.

Metz said the driver was listed in serious but stable condition and remained under police guard ahead of his arraignment on criminal charges.

Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash but Metz said investigators were still awaiting the results of a blood test to determine the driver’s level of intoxication.

Charges could range from reckless driving causing death to operating while intoxicated causing death, depending on the test results. Both charges are felonies punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Metz said the driver of the Ram could be arraigned from his hospital bed as soon as his condition improves, possibly as soon as March 27.  

Investigators were still attempting to secure search warrants for the suspect driver’s vehicle and its data recorder that could provide information about the crash.

Warren detectives reportedly spoke to both of the Ram’s passengers but Metz said it remained unclear where the driver had been, where he was going and why he went through the light.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brian Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1089.