Saturday, 25 November, 2017

4 killed in 1-94 crash near Detroit; child survives

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Melinda Barton | 14 November, 2017, 12:17

John and his father stopped to help, but the driver, 20-year-old Dorii Rogers and her passenger, 20-year-old Alesia Maddox, were dead.

The crash happened in St. Clair Shores, which is near Detroit.

Police said the young child was buckled into the vehicle seat, and only suffered minor injuries.

Mike Shaw of the auto seat that was holding a 1-year-old during an I-94 crash near Detroit Monday that claimed the lives of four unbuckled adults. The AP and Free-Press report the Buick SUV was driving at high speeds in Harper Woods when the driver tried to pass another auto, lost control, careened across the lanes, and ended up striking a bridge.

Rodgers, front-seat passenger, Alesia Maddox, and rear seat passengers, Armonie Maddox and Ervin Johnson, were not wearing seatbelts and died instantly, police said.

Michigan State Police said a 2006 Buick SUV was traveling fast in the left lane when its driver "lost control while passing other traffic", crossing three lanes of oncoming traffic before striking a bridge about 1:05 a.m.

At least two of them were ejected from the SUV upon impact.

Alesias son, who turned 1 on Saturday, is the only survivor and was the only person with a seatbelt on, although police say he was improperly belted into his seat.

Police telling WWJ that alcohol may have been a factor but an investigation is ongoing. Rodgers, Alesia Maddox and Armonie Maddox were Detroit residents.

The adults all were between 18 and 25 years old.

"The baby was in the auto seat", a crash witness told WXYZ.