Shooting victim dies in crash en route to hospital

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — A 25-year-old Detroit man was shot in the chest early Monday and tried to rush himself to a local hospital before losing control of his vehicle and flipping into an M1 rail construction site in Midtown, according to Detroit police.

The crash occurred at Woodward and Palmer, just south of Interstate 94 and across the street from a Marathon gas station. Police did not have an exact time of the incident.

A Hyundai Sonata is lifted onto a flatbed truck Monday at an M1 rail construction site on Woodward. A 25-year-old Detroit man was shot in the chest, and tried rushing himself to the hospital before crashing, according to police.

The man died from his injuries while a 24-year-old Detroit woman inside the smashed Hyundai Sonata suffered minor injuries and is hospitalized in stable condition, Sgt. Michael Woody said.

The gas station manager said his night employee witnessed the collision after the car approached from the north.

“The car flipped ... and a woman came running out of the car,” manager Jim Haider said. “(The man inside) died.”

The employee’s story matches an account given by police Monday morning.

“There was a shooting of some sort and (the victim) was conveying himself to the hospital when he apparently couldn’t make it and he crashed into the site,” Woody said. “It is my understanding that he passed out at the wheel, he hit a piece of construction equipment and may have spun around.”

The small black car was towed shortly after 8:30 a.m. It lifted easily out of the ditch along Woodward onto a flatbed truck.

Officers at the scene gathered several pieces of loose debris, including what appeared to be the vehicle's bumper, scattered throughout the construction site.

Before it was towed, the vehicle sat upright in a ditch created by rail construction on the west side of Woodward. The windows were smashed or missing, its doors hung open and the exterior paint was heavily scratched and caked in dirt.

Police investigate a scene Monday morning after a 25-year-old man crashed into an M1 rail construction site after he was shot in the chest and tried to rush himself to a local hospital, according to officials.

At least three Detroit police cars were stationed at the scene along with surveyors taking measurements.

Officials at the scene declined to comment.

A few construction workers remained at the site taking pictures and grabbing snacks from the gas station, waiting for word on if they’d be called to work in the area Monday.

Meanwhile, investigators are trying to determine where the shooting took place early Monday, Woody said.

“We are talking to the female passenger to try and backtrack (to find out) exactly what happened, he said.

The woman is cooperating with authorities, Woody added.

“We’re focused on trying to find the crime scene, who was involved and who was responsible,” he said. “We don’t have any leads as of yet.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detroit police at (313) 596-1616 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) SPEAK-UP.

(313) 223-4616