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Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
West Bloomfield police closed Northwestern at Orchard Lake for several hours Wednesday following a fatal traffic crash.

West Bloomfield —  A second person has died after a traffic crash Wednesday following a police chase, authorities said.

What started as a 4:15 a.m. traffic stop in Farmington Hills for a broken headlight turned into a brief police chase that ended in a fatal crash.

Driver Mathew Lee Mercado, 36, from Waterford Township, was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. His passenger, Jazmene Shavonne Glynn, 24, from Warren, was taken to the hospital and died after hours on life support, West Bloomfield Police Chief Curt Lawson said.

According to police, a Farmington Hills officer attempted to pull over the vehicle on northbound Northwestern Highway and 13 Mile, police say. The driver appeared ready to pull over, but then hit the gas and fled. Police abandoned their pursuit.

About a mile later, at Orchard Lake north of 14 Mile in West Bloomfield, the vehicle crashed into a light pole, Lawson said.

West Bloomfield police previously reported Glynn died following the incident, citing misinformation from a family member. Police confirmed she died Wednesday night.

West Bloomfield detectives say both families have been notified and the incident remains under investigation.

It took six hours to reopen the intersection.
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