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Deadly car accident in Michigan being investigated

Police in Michigan are investigating a fatal accident, trying to get to the bottom of it and find out just what caused the deadly crash. They're still waiting to get both a crash data report and a blood test.

What they suspect is that one of the drivers was under the influence. The blood test will help to confirm or deny those suspicions.

Multiple vehicles were involved in the wreck, but police claim it all started when a silver Crown Victoria sideswiped a gray Ford Escape. They were both heading south near 11 Mile Road. This initial crash sent the Crown Vic out of control, and it drove into oncoming traffic.

There, it was involved in a second crash, this time with a black Silverado -- a full-sized pickup truck. The truck hit the car broadside, and the Crown Victoria then rammed into a metal light pole before coming to a stop. The 27-year-old passenger in the Crown Vic was killed and pronounced dead at the crash site.

Witnesses did suggest that the silver car was speeding, initiating the crash with the Escape during a lane change. Police think that the 21-year-old who was driving may have been on drugs or under the influence of alcohol, thereby causing the death of the passenger. He was hurt in the wreck, and the Warren Fire Department took him to a medical center.

It does not appear that anyone else was seriously hurt in the Silverado or the Escape.

Drivers have an obligation to drive in a manner that protects both other drivers and their own passengers. When they fail to do this by breaking traffic laws or using drugs and alcohol, those who lose loved ones in tragic accidents may be able to seek compensation.

Source: C and G News, "Fatal crash near Hoover and 11 Mile under investigation," Brian Louwers, Dec. 14, 2016

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