Neighbors concerned about broken street lights along Gratiot Avenue

(WXYZ) - Some residents on Detroit's east side are concerned following the death of a 55-year-old woman. 

The woman's body was found on Gratiot Avenue around midnight.  A motorist stopped to help her, and his car was struck from behind, and pushed on top of the female. 

While police aren't certain if the woman died as a result of a hit and run accident, the area where she was found was dark and most of the street lights were not working at the time.

Residents nearby tell Action News many of the street lights along Gratiot Avenue haven't worked in months. 

The City of Detroit is in the process of overhauling it's public lighting system.  At one time, it was estimated as many as 40 percent of Detroit's street lights were not working.  A Public Lighting Authority was formed to oversee the process of replacing the old lights with new, bright LED lights.

A spokesperson for Mayor Duggan's office tells Action News, the lights are scheduled to be replaced soon. 

The job requires underground wiring, but crews will finish the work by the end of July. Neighborhood street lights in the area have already been replaced.

 

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