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72-year-old passenger dies after 2-vehicle crash on Southfield Freeway

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Posted at 11:36 AM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-29 11:48:35-04

(WXYZ) — The passenger of a black Mustang died At Providence Hospital Sunday, according to a post on the MSP Metro Detroit Twitter page. Alcohol may have been a factor in the crash police say.

The crash occurred Saturday around 4 p.m.on Southfield Freeway just north of 8 Mile Road. The crash involved a black Ford Mustang and blue Chevrolet Equinox.

A preliminary investigation found that the Mustang was speeding when it lost control and rear-ended the Equinox before hitting a guard rail on the left shoulder on its passenger side door.

The two passengers in the Equinox were checked by medical technicians on the scene and refused any further treatment.

During the investigation, troopers detected the smell of alcohol and the 63-year-old driver of the Mustang admitted to drinking, investigators say.

The 72-year-old passenger in the Mustang was initially admitted to a hospital and was unresponsive with shallow breathing. The passenger later died from their injuries.

Witnesses told police that the Mustang was racing a white Mercedes on northbound M-39 prior to the crash. If you have information on the white Mercedes or have information about the incident, contact Michigan State Police at 248-584-5740.