State police: 1 dead, 2 hurt in west side crash

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

One person was killed and two others injured early Sunday in a crash involving three cars on Detroit’s west side, Michigan State Police said.

Metro South Post troopers were dispatched to the scene on southbound M-39 near Grand River at about 2:35 a.m. A preliminary investigation that indicated alcohol may be a factor in the crash found that a 2004 white minivan was speeding when it “struck a 2008 Chevy Impala that was traveling in the center lane and the minivan then struck a 2007 red Chevy Impala that was stopped on the right shoulder from a previous traffic crash,” state police said in a statement.

The driver of the red Impala, identified as an 18-year-old female from Montrose, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger was hospitalized with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, state police said.

The van driver, identified as a 33-year-old Detroit man, was transported to a hospital for minor injuries.

The driver and passenger of the white Impala were not injured.

Other information was not released.

State police are continuing to investigate, the agency said Monday.