Woman, 18, killed in I-94 accident east of Jackson

by Danielle Quisenberry | Staff Report

Tuesday December 09, 2008, 8:00 AM

This is the accident which killed my 2nd cousin.
Michigan State Police Trooper Alan Fitzpatrick examines a car that was involved in the accident late Monday on I-94 in Grass Lake Township.

An 18-year-old Farmington Hills woman died in a three-vehicle crash Monday night in Grass Lake Township after she lost control of her car on icy I-94.

A Waterford man, 36, also was injured, but not seriously.

Police on Monday did not identify any of the people involved in the accident.

The woman was westbound about 9:15 p.m. between Mount Hope and Clear Lake roads when her car went off the highway and spun across the median into eastbound traffic, said State Trooper Alan Fitzpatrick.

An eastbound Pontiac G6, driven by the Waterford man, struck the woman’s Camaro in the driver side, he said. A Ford Explorer, also heading east, then clipped the Camaro as the driver, a 44-year-old San Francisco man, tried to avoid a collision, Fitzpatrick said.

The Explorer driver was not injured and his vehicle had only minor damage, said Fitzpatrick, who was patrolling the highway at the time and arrived within seconds of the crash.

There were no passengers in any of the vehicles involved.

Fitzpatrick said the roads were very slick and treacherous, even at speeds of about 35 to 40 mph. Speed and weather caused the Camero to leave the road, Fitzpatrick said.

The Pontiac’s driver was not to blame, he said. “There was nothing he could do.”

The Pontiac’s driver had a broken hand and an injured arm and wrist. The man was taken from the scene to Allegiance Health.

Firefighters had to extract the woman from the Camaro, which was badly crumpled, because she was pinned inside.

Fitzpatrick initially said she was in critical condition, but as he spoke an emergency worker informed him she “did not make it.”

The crash, which left the highway littered with debris, was the most serious of a series of accidents Monday night blamed on icy roads.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Sgt. Joseph Quainton said there were more than 20 wrecks from about 5 p.m. to 11:20 p.m. No other crashes caused any serious injuries.

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