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Pedestrian Fatally Struck By Vehicle While Trying To Catch Bus Along Michigan Avenue; Police Say Alcohol A Factor

DEARBORN (WWJ) - Police say a woman was killed when she was struck by a passing vehicle while trying to catch a bus along Michigan Avenue.

The accident happened around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday on the eastbound side of Michigan Avenue just past Outer Drive in Dearborn.

According to police, the 57-year-old Dearborn Heights woman was walking across Michigan Avenue "contrary to the red light" in an attempt to catch a bus, when she was struck by a vehicle that was crossing through the green light at Outer Drive.

Keith Gray was a passenger on the SMART bus, which was stopped at the bus stop,  when he saw the collision.

"She got hit coming across, trying to catch the bus," said Gray. "She went flying up in the air."

The woman was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her name has not yet been released.

The driver involved in the crash, a 57-year-old Woodhaven woman, stopped at the scene and was questioned by police.

No one else was injured.

Police say alcohol may have been a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation.

"This is a tragic situation and our condolences go out the families involved," Police Chief Ronald Haddad said in a statement. "With that being said, I cannot stress the importance of obeying traffic safety laws, statistics have shown compliance to traffic safety laws will mitigate these types of situations."

Michigan Avenue was closed for about two hours while police investigated the scene, but has since reopened to traffic.

For the latest from the roads, stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 during Traffic and Weather on the 8s, 24-hours a day. Check for recent incidents now on the CBS Detroit Traffic Page.




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