Detroit Police are trying to piece together a bizarre chain of events surrounding a crash at Telegraph and 6 Mile Road around 11:15 Friday morning.
There were three people inside that van, the driver, his 11-year-old son and the driver's mother.
Police say the van ran some red lights and crashed into a Ford Escape that was traveling along Telegraph.
The impact of the crash sent the 11-year-old boy flying out of the van. He landed in front of a collision shop where stunned witnesses rushed to help him.
"He was crying. I just told him to stay still. Don't move. Don't move," says witness Jerry Ciaramitaro.
When police approached the van, they say the driver had a gun in his hand and even racked a round in the chamber. Officers were able to talk him into putting down his weapon.
They found other guns in his van and detained the driver for questioning.
The driver's mother was taken to the hospital, but was later pronounced dead. Her cause of death has yet to be officially released.
Ken Rinnert was driving the Ford Escape that was hit by the van. He walked away uninjured and counting his blessings.
"I just saw the van sliding all over the road. Somebody was watching out for me. If I were a little sooner I would have gotten hit in the side and it could have been a lot worse," says Rinnert.
Detroit Police say they are still investigating.
They expect the 11-year-old boy to be okay. He is at Children's Hospital in stable condition.