Medical emergency ends in fatal Woodward Ave. crash

James David Dickson
The Detroit News
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A 58-year-old Royal Oak man died in a single-vehicle crash on Woodward Avenue early Tuesday morning after having a medical emergency while driving, police said.

The fatal crash took place about 5:37 a.m., when the man's SUV crashed into a medical office building on the southbound side of the 28000 block of Woodward.

Lt. Keith Spencer, a spokesman for the Royal Oak Police Department, said the crash started on northbound Woodward at Catalpa, when the man lost control of his vehicle. He careened across the Woodward median to the southbound side of the street, across several lanes of traffic, a boulevard, and parking spaces before hitting the building.

The Berkley Department of Public Safety arrived and cut the man out of the vehicle. He was transported to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, but died. 

Because the crash took place in Berkley, it was initially believed to be a Berkley case, but further investigation revealed the crash started in Royal Oak, so Royal Oak police will be the lead agency, assisted by Berkley and by Michigan State Police, Spencer said.

"The time of day helped out" in the crash not hurting more victims than just the driver. Woodward Avenue is a main road, but was lightly traveled at that point in the morning.