photo: WWJ/Mike Campbell

Pedestrian Killed, Struck By Vehicle On Detroit's East Side

March 14, 2019 - 11:19 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Detroit police are investigating after a man was struck and killed by a car at Gratiot and 7 Mile Rd. on the city's east side.

Officers on the scene wouldn't say much, but it appears the victim was foot, Thursday morning, when he was struck by a red Pontiac Grand Prix, which had a shattered front windshield. The driver stopped after the collision and is cooperating with police. 

The victim, an older man, was taken away in an ambulance. Police later confirmed to WWJ Newsradio 950 that he died of his injuries. 

Based on evidence markers at the scene, it appears the victim was not using a crosswalk, WWJ's Mike Campbell reported. He said, a little later in the morning, there was heavy pedestrian traffic in the area. 

Antonio Bradley, who lives nearby, said he knew the victim as a regular at the McDonald's on that corner. 

He told Campbell dangerous area for people on foot.

"Gratiot and 7 Mile is a real bad busy intersection because, you know, people be coming all the way from 8 Mile and they'll be making them turns right there where they're not supposed to be turning," Bradley said. "Or people making u-turns, flying down the street or whatever."

"They got little kids out here crossing the street with their parents," he added, "and half of them, they go over the white light when they're supposed to stop at the white line."

It's unclear if any charges are possible. Northbound Gratiot was closed at 7 Mile Road as police remained on the scene, but the roadway has since reopened. 

The victim's name was not immediately released.