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State police: 1 dead, 2 hurt in weekend crashes

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Michigan State Police are investigating two weekend crashes in Metro Detroit that left one person dead and two others injured.

Metro Post troopers were called to Hickory Ridge between Fenton and Baker roads in Oakland County’s Rose Township about 1:40 a.m. Sunday on a report of a serious accident.

A preliminary investigation found that a 2004 Buick with five occupants was heading north “when the driver lost control going around a corner, crossed the center line, and struck a southbound-traveling 2015 Ford passenger vehicle occupied by the driver and two passengers,” state police said in a statement.

The Buick driver, who did not have a belt on, was “suspended” and had facial/head injuries, investigators said.

A back seat passenger in the Ford was hospitalized in critical condition.

Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation, state police said.

Also Sunday, Metro Post troopers were dispatched to the southbound Lodge Freeway near Interstate 75 in Detroit about 3:40 a.m. for a rollover crash.

A preliminary investigation found that a man was “watching a movie and distracted” while in a 1996 Toyota when he lost control, causing the vehicle to overturn, state police said.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt and partially ejected through the sunroof, MSP said.

The motorist, identified as Clifford Ray Jones, 58, of Detroit, died on the scene.