Police: Pedestrian killed in crash in southwest Detroit

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 30-year-old man walking in southwest Detroit late Tuesday night, died after being struck by a vehicle, police said.

The fatal crash took place about 11:25 p.m. at Fort Street and Schaefer, said Dontae Freeman, a spokesman for the Detroit Police Department.

Freeman says the victim was hit by a newer-model Chevrolet Cruze while crossing the street. Police believe he was crossing against traffic when hit. Medics transported him to an area hospital, but he died from his injuries. 

Tuesday night's fatal crash is the second pedestrian death on Fort Street in the last week. 

At about 5 p.m. Thursday at Fort and Miami, an 8-year-old boy, Brandyn Starks, was pulling his wagon to a nearby park when he was struck by a dark-blue Chevy Tahoe driven by a male who ran a red light, witnesses said.

The driver of the Tahoe pulled off, police said. Ecorse Police arrested the suspect Sunday at a traffic stop. His name is Stephen Williams, 27, from Ecorse. He was given a $500,000 bond at his arraignment Tuesday.

Per the Michigan Department of Transportation, which last released numbers on Tuesday, some 222 people have died in car crashes in Michigan in 2018, which is 59 fewer than at this time last year.