Police: Driver in fatal I-94 crash had suspended license

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

The aftermath of a rear-end crash on Interstate 94 on Detroit's east side early Sunday resulted in a woman's death, police said.

On Monday, Michigan State Police released additional details on the crash, including the fact that the driver had a suspended license at the time.

It was about 2:15 a.m. on westbound I-94, between Interstate 75 and Beaubien, when a 2011 Chrysler 200 with four passengers hit another vehicle in the center lane. The vehicle that was hit pulled away from the scene.

A woman in the 200, who'd been sitting in the back seat, then got out of the vehicle to assess damage, which police said was "significant." The 200 was stopped in the right lane — initial information had it that the vehicle rested in the center lane. As the woman got out, others in the vehicle were reportedly telling her to get back inside.

The driver of a 2017 Ford Escape headed west in the right lane, saw the stopped vehicle and tried to veer around it by using the right shoulder. But the driver sideswiped the 200, and also hit the woman, who was standing outside near the back passenger side door. 

Police said the driver of the vehicle did pull over and has been cooperative with Michigan State Police investigators. The police investigation continues.

Both Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Transportation have urged people involved in crashes and motorists with flat tires to pull over to the shoulder and remain inside the vehicle, buckled up, and call 911.