Driver dies after hitting pole 'at high rate of speed' on east side

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — A man believed to be between 25 and 35 years old died early Monday morning after crashing his SUV into a pole in a single vehicle crash on Detroit's east side, police said.

The crash took place about 12:20 a.m. in the area of Gratiot and East Grand Boulevard, said Officer Holly Lowe, a Detroit Police Department spokeswoman.

Lowe said the victim was driving a black 2008 Chevy Suburban "at a high rate of speed" when the vehicle struck a pole, wounding the driver and a 21-year-old male passenger.

Both men were taken to the hospital, but the driver died from his injuries. The passenger is listed in critical condition.