Police identify woman killed in single-vehicle rollover
Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com
Following a fatal single-vehicle rollover crash, the victim has been identified by authorities as 49-year-old Debra Jones, from Chicago.
The crash occurred Tuesday afternoon between the west triple interchange of M-14 and U.S. 23 and Barton Drive in Ann Arbor Township.
Police said Jones was driving a red 2001 Kia SUV when she attempted to use the left shoulder of the highway to pass a semitruck. After losing control of the vehicle, the SUV rolled over five times and struck the median wall twice.
According to police, there were no other occupants in the vehicle and no other vehicle was involved in the crash.
Jones was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police said initial investigation indicates Jones was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and alcohol is not believed to be a factor. Police said cellphone use is a possible contributing cause.
Jones’ husband stopped by the crash scene and made contact with troopers, according to police. He told troopers he was talking to his wife, on the cellphone, when she told him she was going to use the shoulder of the road to pass a vehicle.
Two witnesses observed Jones travel on the left shoulder of M-14 in an attempt to pass a semitruck.
Beaumont Medical Transportation and Livingston EMS were on scene at the crash in addition to Huron Valley Ambulance, according to HVA spokeswoman Joyce Williams.
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