Police: Speed, not pothole, factor in fatal crash

This is the utility pole at the intersection of McGraw and Martin.

Detroit police are investigating a fatal car crash that took place early Tuesday morning on the city's west side where a car struck a light pole.

The fatal, single-vehicle crash left a 22-year-old man dead, said Officer Holly Lowe, a Detroit Police Department spokeswoman. 

The intersection of McGraw and Martin on Detroit's west side, where a fatal, single vehicle crash occurred Tuesday.

The victim was a passenger in the driver's 2012 gray Ford Focus, Lowe said. At about 12:11 a.m., at McGraw and Martin, the driver, a 22-year-old woman, told police she hit pothole then lost control of the vehicle and hit a light pole.

After investigating, police said there was no pothole involved in the crash. No potholes were seen near the scene. Rather, police said, the driver possibly sped into the light pole. 

A gray car door at the scene of a single car fatal crash at the intersection of McGraw and Martin.

The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he died.

The driver was hospitalized and listed in temporary serious condition. She has since been arrested.

Ron Brundidge Department of Public Works Director said areas of McGraw Avenue are planned to be resurfaced.

"We searched our records and found no reported pothole complaints on McGraw near Martin, whether through the Improve Detroit app or by phone," Brundidge said in a statement. "While that immediate section of McGraw at Martin is in fair condition, other sections of McGraw in that general area are in poor condition and we already have plans to resurface the road between W. Warren and Cecil this year."