Cars Ripped Into Pieces In Deadly Crash On Detroit's West Side

WWJ News
January 14, 2020 - 8:56 am
warren ave crash

photo: WWJ/Mike Campbell


DETROIT (WWJ) - Two vehicles were ripped into pieces during a crash on Detroit's west side that left one man dead and another under arrest. 

The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday at Warren Avenue and Heyden, just west of Evergreen Road.

A Nissan Altima caught fire in the crash, which also left a Jeep Cherokee upside down on its roof and a utility pole snapped in half. A trail of auto parts and other debris, including a backpack and a shoe, littered the roadway. 

Nearby residents pulled the victim out of the burning car. That man, a 34-year-old, was fatally injured. 

The other driver took off on foot and ran away from the scene after the crash. He was later located and taken into custody in Dearborn Heights. 

Other circumstances surrounding the crash weren't immediately clear, though police say speed is definitely a factor.

A worker at a nearby gas station said the crash almost sounded like an explosion. 

"I heard a bang like something getting hit, you know. I didn't make a big deal about it. I thought it was someone hitting a building or something, until I seen all the police out here," Sam Aligotti told WWJ's Mike Campbell.

The crash remains under investigation. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has any other information is asked to contact the Detroit Police Department’s Sixth Precinct Unit at 313-596-5640 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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