Thursday, September 9, 2021

Police investigation into crash that killed 11-year-old continues

Van Buren Township police are seeking witnesses to a traffic accident that took the life of an 11-year-old Ypsilanti Township boy last week.

According to police reports, the incident took place just before 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31 on Michigan Avenue near Denton Road. Officers were called to the scene following a report of a crash involving a pedestrian.

A preliminary investigation by responding officers indicated that a disabled vehicle was parked partially in the travel lanes of eastbound Michigan Avenue, apparently due to a mechanical failure. Three people were standing outside the disabled vehicle when a 61-year-old Canton Township resident driving a Ford Fusion east on Michigan Avenue crashed into the vehicle. 

One of the three individuals standing o

utside the disabled vehicle was the 11-year-old victim who tried to run south across Michigan Avenue after the crash. He was struck and killed by a GMC pickup track traveling east.

Emergency responders administered care to all those involved in the collision although the 11-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. A 34-year-old Ypsilanti Township woman and a 9-year-old Ypsilanti girl were transported to the University of Michigan Hospital for evaluation.

Police have requested that anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about the situation contact Lt. Kenneth Floro or Det. Dale Harrison at (734) 699-8930.