photo: WWJ/Mike Campbell

2 Passengers Killed In Suspected Drunk Driving Crash During Morning Commute

July 10, 2018 - 8:40 am

SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) - Police say alcohol may have fueled an early morning rollover crash that left two young women dead in Southfield. 

The crash happened around 6:10 a.m. Tuesday along the Northwestern Highway service drive just west of Lahser Road. 

Police say the driver, a 20-year-old Southfield man, was traveling westbound on the service drive when he attempted to turn along the curve onto Berg Road and lost control of the vehicle. The speed limit around the curve is marked as 30 MPH.

The car crashed into a tree and flipped at least once, coming to rest on its roof. Reporting live from the scene, WWJ's Mike Campbell says the impact was so severe, the back seat was tossed out of the car during the crash.

The driver took off on foot after the crash, but was apprehended a short time later. He was given a breathalyzer test at the scene and taken to a hospital for a blood draw.

One passenger, a 21-year-old Southfield woman, was dead at the scene. Another woman, believed to be in her early 20s, was transported to a hospital where she died from her injuries. 

Police say alcohol is considered to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation. The case will be sent to the prosecutor's office for review.  

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has any other information is asked to contact police at 248-796-5500. 

Berg Road remains closed between Lahser and Civic Center Drive as police continue to investigate the scene.