Probe of fatal Lodge Freeway crash could take 1 month
Southfield —It could be more than a month before it is determined whether charges will be filed against a 69-year-old driver involved in a fiery crash that killed a 23-year-old pregnant woman on the Lodge Freeway at Telegraph, according to Michigan State Police.
An investigation is ongoing as police await autopsy and blood test results for Kayla White, who was killed when her 2003 Jeep Liberty was struck from behind, causing the vehicle to overturn and catch fire. White, of Ferndale, was pregnant and in her third trimester at the time of the crash, according to police.
There were no other injuries reported.
The crash investigation may take four to six weeks before the results are submitted to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for review, said Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw.
Police called to the crash scene around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday determined the driver of a 2002 Cadillac, the 69-year-old Beverly Hills man, traveling northbound on the Lodge was unable to stop as traffic slowed in the right lane. Police said the driver was not paying attention.
The Cadillac struck White’s vehicle, forcing it into a 2014 Nissan Cube, which then struck a 2015 Lincoln MKZ as it slowed for traffic.
Police said alcohol does not appear to be a factor.
White graduated from Ferndale High School in 2009 and worked at Andiamo, according to her Facebook page.
The page was flooded after the crash with messages from her friends, expressing shock and asking for prayers for White and her unborn baby, who White called Braedin in posts.
“I’m devastated to hear what has happen(ed) to you and your baby boy,” wrote a friend posting as Patti Bolton. “May God rest your soul Kayla.”
All lanes of the northbound Lodge Freeway were reopened Tuesday night following the crash.