Pedestrian in critical condition after crash

By ANDREA POTEET
Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – A 44-year-old Southgate woman is on life support at the University of Michigan Medical Center after she was struck by a vehicle last Friday near the intersection of Ford Avenue and Fort Street.

A 47-year-old Allen Park man who was walking with her was treated at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center and released.

Wyandotte Police Lt. Bob Heck said a vehicle was exiting a bank teller drive- through window when the driver failed to look to the right.

The pair, who was walking on the sidewalk at about noon, were struck by the vehicle and pulled underneath it, Sgt. James Pouliot, of the department’s Traffic Bureau, said. He also said he does not believe the driver saw the pedestrians.

“The vehicle ran them over and pulled them onto the first lane of traffic onto Fort Street,” Pouliot said. “The driver realized then, he heard a thump and saw the two bodies in the first lane on the roadway.”

He said the driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time. The incident is believed to be an accident but still is under investigation, police say.

The woman was airlifted to the U of M Medical Center in Ann Arbor and underwent surgery there Saturday but has since taken a turn for the worse, Pouliot said.

“We’re just going to sit back and see what happens with the female,” he said, “make sure she comes out of this OK.”

(Contact Andrea Poteet at apoteet@bewickpublications.com)

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