Royal Oak Man Dies, Hit While Crossing Coolidge In Troy

WWJ News
October 17, 2019 - 2:26 pm
Troy Police Car

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TROY (WWJ) - A 37-year-old Royal Oak man has died of his injuries, nearly two weeks after he was hit by an SUV in Troy. 

According to Troy police, the victim was jaywalking when he was struck by a 2009 Pontiac Torrent in a construction zone Coolidge near Somerset Blvd., the night of Oct. 4.

It was dark, Sgt Meghan Lehman said, and the driver did not see the man. 

"There's no crosswalk at that location; it's north of the intersection of Maple and Coolidge where you could cross legally," she told WWJ's Sandra McNeill. "So he was just walking across the street and stepped in front of this car that was already traveling southbound." 

After completing their investigation, police concluded that the driver, a 74-year-old Royal Oak woman, could not have avoided hitting the man. 

He died at Beaumont Hospital on Wednesday. 

"I don't want to blame the pedestrian, but clearly crossing...you know, at a crosswalk at an intersection is the safest thing to do," Lehmann said. "And drivers, you're not going to expect someone to dart out in front of you." 

Lehman said investigators found the driver was not speeding, and there was no evidence that drugs or alcohol were involved. While she said this case serves as a reminder to avoid distractions while driving, distracted driving is not believed to have been a factor in this case.

No names have been released.