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Posted on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 3:31 p.m.

One dead following single-car crash on Wagner Road west of Ann Arbor

By Kyle Feldscher


One person died in this car wreck off Wagner Road between Liberty and Scio Church Road, police said.

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One person is dead after a single-car accident on Wagner Road between Liberty Road and Scio Church Road Tuesday afternoon, a Washtenaw County sheriff’s office official said.

Spokesman Derrick Jackson said deputies responded to the area just before 3 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a crash on Wagner just south of Liberty. One person was confirmed dead at the scene, but no information was available on the individual until family members are notified, Jackson said.

Deputies are still responding to the scene, and details about what caused the accident were unable to be confirmed as of 4:30 pm. Tuesday, Jackson said.

Initial reports indicated the driver of the vehicle lost control and the vehicle rolled over. The vehicle appeared to be heading north and rolled over to the west side of the road. There was only one person inside the vehicle, reports indicated.

The vehicle was at rest in a ditch while sheriff's deputies investigated the scene at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Washtenaw County Medical Examiner was on scene to help with the investigation.

The crash was near the Washtenaw Intermediate School District building on Wagner Road.

Wagner Road remains closed down between Liberty and Scio Church roads.

Jackson said the name of the person who perished in the crash won't be released until Wednesday. He said the family of the woman has yet to be notified and sheriff's office officials want to give them enough time to notify loved ones.

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Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 4:03 p.m.



Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 3:50 p.m.

Kyle, AAPS has just sent out an email about this woman. Perhaps you can release the information to the public now.

Kyle Feldscher

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 4:41 p.m.

We waited to get that information confirmed by police and have done so. Here is the link to that story.

Frank Lee

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 3:15 p.m.

*Enter generic comment about how should do something differently here* Think about the alternative of them not reporting the story all together or eliminating your ability to comment. The general public is just as upset that you missed your calling to be a journalist and editor.


Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 2:21 p.m.

I find it a little sad that the story of a girl who fell out of a window last weekend and survived is still prominently displayed, yet this story of a person who lost her life only yesterday is pushed to page two. It hasn't even been updated to include the person's name. There may be some in the community who knew this person, but will not know of her passing save through

Kyle Feldscher

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 2:49 p.m.

lugemachine - The exact reason why we have not been given the woman's name is because police (and I) do not want friends and family members of this person to find out her name through the media. Despite being a reporter, I know that I would be absolutely devastated to find out that a family member or friend had died through a news story. I will update this story today and plan on having the person's name to release. As it says in the story, police did not release the person's name yesterday to give them time to notify friends and family, a decision that I respect.

Stan Hyne

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 11:19 a.m.

I wonder if a seat belt would have changed this from a fatality to a minor injury. The vehicle didn't look that bad


Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 1:07 p.m.

Where do you see that the driver was not wearing a seat belt? Maybe I need more coffee, but I am not seeing it in this article.


Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 12:42 p.m.

We saw this car being moved to a towing company lot. It was very bad so, although I am a firm believer in seat belts, it probably would not have made a difference.


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 9:25 p.m.

well hopefully the family of the victim, who haven't yet been notified don't recognize the car in the photo. Would be a horrible way to find out.


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 9:11 p.m.

Any word on the accident on Carpenter, just south of Washtenaw? Has a couple lanes blocked!

ralph mcgraw

Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 8:58 p.m.

Right, it could've been anyone of us but folks sure do like to go a bit faster than they should on that road and all sorts of "critters" come out of the woods, fields, etc., even in the daylight. Never know what might cross your path on Wagner to make you veer.


Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 1:45 p.m.

I used to drive that way to and from work until around 5 years ago. Driving the speed limit or even 5 over the speed limit, there were always people hugging my rear bumper waiting to fly past me. I see nothings changed.


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 11:05 p.m.

Yes. People crawl right up behind you if you just go the speed limit.

Jake C

Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 8:55 p.m.

Agreed Michael, this is useful information for those of us who might need to drive in this area of town to avoid the accident scene. As for why should "wait" on reporting stories like these.. if you were the immediate family, you would have already gotten a phone call from the police. If you're worried about your friends, why not give them a phone call. If they're okay, then just go ahead and have a nice little conversation with them. Should have waited on reporting that there was a tornado in Dexter just to keep people from worried about whether their family & friends were okay? It's their job to report breaking news, not to wait until every last bit of information is available (which is rarely possible).

Fat Bill

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 2:21 a.m.

Actually, whenever possible, next of kin notifications are made in person in fatality situations. That way, if there is an immediate need for support, medical or otherwise, somebody is there. In cases where the family is not in the area, the next-of-kin's local police department will make such notifications as an "agency assist".


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 9:46 p.m.

I, as most readers here, were not near that intersection, having driving (older) children in the area, I had a moment of terror reading that story as it first appeared....excuuuuse me! Otherwise I agree with you 100%..sorry I was being selfish.

Michael K.

Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 8:41 p.m.

Useful to know that a major road is closed during rush hour. Also fair warning to those of us who drive that road daily. I am sorry for the victim and the family. Could be any one of us.


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 8:59 p.m.

I agree Michael. I would have been terrified picking up my children from the WISD buildings had I not read the article explaining why there were sherrif's deputies blocking access to the school.


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 8:24 p.m.

Why I hate this typeof "lack of information reporting" and feel you should wait......I have family and friends out there!!!


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 9:40 p.m.

The photo helps, thanks


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 8:53 p.m.

Makes me nervous since it sounds like it was after high school got out.