Motorist runs out of gas, hit by two cars in Macomb

The Detroit News

Mt. Clemens — Sheriff’s officials are investiging the bizarre death of a woman Wednesday who was struck by two cars just minutes after a deputy pushed her car to a gas station.

The woman, Farai Gonzalez, 33, of Detroit died at 10:09 p.m. at McLaren-Macomb Hospital after she apparently set out by foot from a Mobil Station at 46900 North Ave. in Macomb Township.

A deputy came upon the woman in a Ford Taurus on 21 Mile in the middle of the roadway after it ran out of gas, said Lt. John Michalke. The deputy pushed the car about a half mile to a gas station, then left her at a pump, he said.

Minutes later, at 9 a.m., sheriff’s deputies got a call of a car-pedestrian crash at 21 Mile near North. Police say the same woman was hit by a car going west. As she lay in the road, a second car traveling east struck her.

A deputy administered CPR in an attempt to save her life. The road was closed for several hours.

“This is still under investigation,” Michalke said. “Our deputy was attempting to assist her because she was in need of help, rather than leave her on the road.”

Police are awaiting toxicology reports to determine if alcohol was a factor. They also are reviewing the deputy’s actions, as is protocol, Michalke said. Both drivers cooperated with police and remained at the scene.

Among many other questions: The status of Gonzalez’s boyfriend. She told the responding deputy her boyfriend was driving when they ran out of gas, then left the vehicle in the middle of the road to set out for gas.

He wasn’t at the gas station, though, and there’s no indication from reports that he appeared at any time during the incident.