4 hurt after impaired driver hits 5 cars in Detroit

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A 26-year-old woman injured herself, two passengers and another driver after striking five vehicles Friday night on Detroit’s west side, police said.

The motorist had been leaving the Meijer’s parking lot near Grand River in a 2000 Ford Taurus, said Officer Nicole Kirkwood, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department.

“She struck the vehicles in the parking lot and while she was heading eastbound on Grand River,” Kirkwood said.

Her car came to a rest after hitting a pole near Stout and rear-ending a parked vehicle, she said.

The Ford driver, who has not been named, and two people inside all were transported to a local hospital.

The woman and a 43-year-old female passenger both were listed in temporary serious condition late Friday, police said. A 1-year-old girl was hospitalized in serious condition.

A man who had been driving a Chrysler 200 also was treated for minor injuries and listed in stable condition, Kirkwood said. A passenger was not hurt, and no one in the other cars struck reported injuries.

Investigators believe the Ford driver had been impaired at the time, but it is not yet clear what caused her condition, Kirkwood said. A toxicology test was expected, and the incident remains under investigation.