UPDATED: Northville Pedestrian Killed in Car Accident

A Redford woman driving a Mercury Sable struck and killed a Northville woman Thursday night.

A 60-year-old Northville woman was struck and killed by a car Thursday night on Seven Mile Road near Gerald Avenue in Northville Township, according to police.

The accident occurred around 9:25 p.m.

According to John Werth, Director of the Northville Township Public Safety Department, the Northville woman was leaving her job at a nearby restaurant with two co-workers. Her co-workers crossed the road safely before her, but she was struck by an oncoming vehicle going west on Seven Mile.

According to the police report, the driver of the vehicle, a Mercury Sable, was a 24-year-old Redford Township woman.

The Northville woman was treated at the scene by the Northville Township Fire Department and was then transported to Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, where she died, police say.

The Redford woman was not injured in the crash.

Werth said testing for the presence of alcohol came back negative and the woman is not in custody.

"This appears to be just a very unfortunate accident," Werth said.

He said it is always advisable for pedestrians to cross main roads at crosswalks.

This is the third fatal pedestrian accident on Seven Mile Road in Northville Township in the past year.

In August, a died after being hit by a car while walking along Seven Mile Road near Haggerty Road.

In September, and killed while riding his bike on Seven Mile Road between Haggerty Road and Silver Springs Drive.

Werth said Northville Township is working with Wayne County to evaluate problems with this particular stretch of Seven Mile Road.

"Three fatal pedestrian crashes on any roadway in one year is a lot," Werth said.

The investigation is ongoing, according to police.

ecnalubma February 06, 2012 at 06:30 PM
John: Well put!
ecnalubma February 06, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Pat: Crosswalks? How about using an intersection that is controlled by a Traffic Signal? One in either direction within 0.1 mile. Cost and jurisdiction prevent Northville Township from doing anything. This is a County Road, probably with limited right-of-way owned by the County. This would be too costly and probably too time consuming because each land parcel would have to be dealt with separately.
Concerned Citizen February 17, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Well I spoke to the officer. His excuse is that it is a rural area and that the others who died were in different areas. So how far is different? 1/4 mile, so a few hundred feet? Rural area? With traffic lights and shopping centers and condos/apartments all over the place? How many rural areas have a left turn lane? It is obvious the police are not taking any of these deaths seriously. It obvious that the result of negligence on the part of the city/county. I hear the crosswalk theory but seriously, if you were even close to the speed limit why couldn't you stop. The family found no brake marks so the person didn't even attempt to stop. So what would a crosswalk have done but just made it a different spot on the street. But really, how many people are going to walk blocks just to cross the street. The area is obviously poorly designed with tons of residential area right across the street from strip malls having no crossings there. I don't know about the others who have lost loved ones but the way the police are reacting, it sounds like more deaths will be certain. Unfortunate accident, the police have squarely set the blame on a 60 year old woman who they say was running across the street with 2 others. I don't remember seeing too many 60 year old women who can run. Do you?
Patricia Leung Carroll February 18, 2012 at 05:49 AM
I guess the City of Northville will continue to blame the pedestrians that are being murdered to protect city administrators who refuse to even attempt to resolve the problem. Are they waiting for the next poor victim? Maybe Northville leaders can easily ignore and forget the poor victims, but their families can not. Maybe it has to be one of their own family members before they understand how serious the situation has become!
Jennifer McCloskey April 16, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Why are we laying any blame at all on the Police Department.? The City Of Northville and the County petition for crosswalks and traffic lights....the sole role of the officers who respond to such a tragedy is to determine if any laws were broken and issue a violation after assesing the scene of the accident. I agree with Patricia Leung Carroll.


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