Suspect arraigned in fatal crash

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE — A Detroit man who attempted to outrun Wyandotte police before crashing into a pole in Lincoln Park, flipping, and killing a passenger in his car, was arraigned in 27th District Court Sept. 22 on charges including second-degree murder.

Joshua Thomas Nance, 29, of Lincoln Park was a front seat passenger in the vehicle. He died in the crash. Authorities reported Nance was partially ejected from the vehicle.

Eric Lamon-Allen Turnipseed, 33, also was charged with fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving causing death and driving with a suspended license.

Wyandotte police attempted to stop Turnipseed near Ford and Fort about 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 after he rolled through a red light in a 1995 GMC Suburban.

Wyandotte Police Chief Dan Grant said officers attempted to stop the driver, later identified as Turnipseed. He said the driver sped away and ran another red light while police pursued him.

Turnipseed sped north on Fort Street. Police were reportedly able to briefly stop the vehicle by pushing their bumper into the side of the vehicle. The driver got free, however, and sped away, at speeds as high as 80 mph.

Police stayed in pursuit until the driver drove onto the sidewalk in the 3000 block of Fort Street near Capitol. The Suburban drove over a stop sign, flipped and nearly crashed into Dix Coney Island. Police said the vehicle came to a rest a few feet shy of the restaurant and caught fire.

Wyandotte police got the driver out of the car and Lincoln Park police extinguished the fire. A Southgate officer also responded to the crash site.
The vehicle was registered to Nance.

Grant does not believe officers did anything wrong in the chase. He said police consider many factors when ensuing a chase, such as traffic and weather.

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