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Driver killed in wrong-way crash on I-696 in Roseville

CBS News Detroit Digital Brief for May 5, 2023
CBS News Detroit Digital Brief for May 5, 2023 02:34

(CBS DETROIT) - A 40-year-old man has been arraigned in connection to a wrong-way crash on Friday on I-696 in Roseville that left a 62-year-old driver from Harper Woods dead. 

State police released an update on Monday, May 8, saying that Stephano Ramon Nabors was arraigned on the charges of second-degree murder, operating while intoxicated causing death, reckless driving causing death, driving with license suspended/revoked/denied causing death and first-degree fleeing and eluding. He was given a $1 million cash bond. 

The Chevy SUV that was struck by a Jeep Liberty in a wrong-way crash on I-696 in Roseville. Michigan State Police

The incident happened at about 3:35 a.m. on Friday, May 5, on I-696 near Grosebeck in Roseville. 

State police say they received calls about a Jeep Liberty traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-696 near Coolidge Highway. 

Troopers found the Jeep at Dequindre Road and drove eastbound on the right shoulder of the westbound lanes to try and stop the wrong-way driver.

Jeep Liberty involved in the wrong-way crash on I-696 in Roseville. Michigan State Police

Shortly after, the Jeep struck a Chevy SUV head-on in the left lane. 

The victim, a 62-year-old driver from Harper Woods, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

MSP says the driver and passenger of the Jeep sustained minor injuries. The driver was treated for a broken toe.

Authorities suspected the two of being intoxicated, and a blood draw was taken from the driver.

In addition, the driver is believed to have a suspended license. 

The victim's family has been notified. MSP is continuing to investigate the situation.

"We are continuing to see drivers making poor driving decisions that are resulting in serious injuries or death in traffic crashes," said Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw. "We asking people to drive responsibly. Slow down, don't drive impaired or distracted. It really is that simple."

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