By CHARITY B. SMITH
Sunday Times Newspapers
ALLEN PARK — A 38-year-old mother of four was killed in a car crash Oct. 16, when she turned her vehicle into a produce truck on Pelham Road, near Wick just before 8 a.m.
Roseann Sweet, 38, of Taylor was driving south on Pelham near railroad tracks when she suddenly turned left in an attempt to go into the parking lot of J’s Car Wash and Oil Change, 9055 Pelham, which was closed at the time. Fire Chief Douglas Lafond said there had been a problem with a stalled train on the tracks that morning, but traffic had resumed prior to the crash.
“We have no idea why she was turning,” LaFond said. “The business she was trying to turn into was closed at the time of the accident.”
Instead of turning into the parking lot of J’s Car Wash and Oil Change, Sweet turned directly into the front end of a Penske strait truck, which was hauling produce.
“The poor truck driver didn’t have a chance,” LaFond said. “She hit him driver’s side to driver’s side.”
Firefighters were assisted by Taylor firefighters, and together it took 15 minutes to get the woman out of the car. CPR was performed, but was not successful. Sweet was pronounced dead at Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn.
The driver of the truck was also taken to Beaumont Dearborn, having suffered minor injuries.
A funeral was held for Sweet Oct. 21 at John K. Solosy Funeral Home in Lincoln Park. According to the obituary family is asking for memorial contributions to be made to Sweet’s four children. (Charity B. Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)