Police: Woman dies, man arrested after head-on crash

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 57-year-old woman is dead after the car she was riding in was hit by a vehicle that crossed the center line and then was hit by a third vehicle early Sunday morning.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office says alcohol "appears to be" a factor in the fatal crash.

The crash occurred at about 12:30 a.m. on eastbound Lakeville Road, near Hosner in Addison Township. A 36-year-old St. Clair man was driving a 2013 Ford Edge eastbound on Lakeville when it hit the 2013 Ford Fiesta that the woman was riding in, headed westbound. 

A 57-year-old Goodrich woman is dead and a 36-year-old St. Clair man is at Oakland County Jail after a fatal crash in Addison Township Sunday morning.

After the two Fords collided, a 1993 Buick LeSabre hit the Ford Fiesta. 

The crash trapped the driver of the Fiesta, a 60-year-old Goodrich man, and the victim, also from Goodrich. Addison Twp. firefighters had to extricate the two.

The driver was sent to McLaren Oakland and listed in stable condition. The woman was taken to Ascension-Crittendon Hospital and listed in critical condition, but was later airlifted to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak for additional treatment. She died just before 8:30 a.m.

Following the crash, the Edge caught on fire, but the driver was able to escape. Police say he refused medical attention at the scene, having suffered only minor injuries in the crash. Eventually, police took him to McLaren Oakland, and he "submitted to a voluntary blood draw" after being suspected of alcohol use. While those results are pending, the suspect was arrested and is at Oakland County Jail.

The driver of the Buick, a 25-year-old Oxford Twp. man, suffered minor injuries.

As of late Tuesday, some 82 people have died in car crashes in Michigan in 2018, per the Michigan Department of Transportation. That's 15 fewer than at that point in 2017.