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Royal Oak Twp. man fatally struck on Eight Mile

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A pedestrian was fatally struck by two vehicles Thursday night while trying to cross Eight Mile in Royal Oak Township, Michigan State Police said.

The 55-year-old man had been running across the westbound lanes from the Royal Inn parking lot nearby at about 10:45 p.m. when one vehicle hit him in the left center lane, investigators said.

After the man was knocked to the ground, a second motorist also struck him, according to the release. The pedestrian, identified only as a township resident, died at the scene.

Both drivers cooperated with authorities and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the incident, state police said Friday.

“The scene of the crash is not well lit and is a common place for pedestrians to cross from the Royal Inn to businesses across Eight Mile near Meyer instead of using the crosswalk,” representatives wrote. “It is believed that neither driver saw the pedestrian before striking him.”