Eastpointe man, 56, dies after crashing pickup into house on 9 Mile

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Eastpointe — An Eastpointe man, seen slumped over the steering wheel of his pickup before the truck crashed into a home in Eastpointe Tuesday, died about an hour after the crash, police said.

The crash took place about 11:45 p.m. at Nine Mile and Linwood, said Lt. Dave Ernatt, a spokesman for the Eastpointe Police Department. 

Before the crash, other motorists saw the victim, 56, slumped over in his 2007 Ford F-150 in the middle of the roadway and turned around in an attempt to check on him, Ernatt said.

Before they could get there, the vehicle accelerated over a curb and into the side of a home. The pickup got about "halfway into" the home, Ernatt said.

Eastpointe Fire Department personnel and medics pulled the man out of the vehicle. They attempted life-saving measures before taking him to St. John Hospital on Detroit's east side, but the man died about an hour later.

Because he died in Wayne County, that medical examiner will handle the autopsy.

Police don't believe there was foul play but can't say with certainty there was a medical event preceding the crash. 

"Our opinion at this time" is that the victim didn't die in the crash itself, Ernatt said. Based on the "path of travel," police believe it's possible the victim was deceased at when the crash took place.

Next of kin have not been notified, so police have not released the victim's name.