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Posted on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 : 5:04 p.m.

Police looking for witnesses in fatal Ypsilanti Township car crash

By John Counts

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Police are looking for anyone who witnessed this head-on collision that killed a 71-year-old Ypsilanti Township woman.

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Police are looking for anyone who witnessed the head-on collision that killed 71-year-old Willie Mae Lewis in Ypsilanti Township Wednesday night.

Investigators with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office believe there was possibly a third car traveling on North Hewitt Road at the same time as the crash. The third car wasn't involved in the crash, but police said whoever was in the car may be able to provide information about the accident, they said in a release.

Police are not sure about the make of the third car, but said it was some kind of sedan.

The crash occurred at approximately 6:10 p.m. when Lewis's Pontiac crossed the center line and hit a Jeep being driven by a 23-year-old Jackson man head on, according to police. Lewis, of Ypsilanti Township was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Jackson man was taken to the hospital with head injuries. Police said there was no update available about the man's condition, but the injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

Anyone who was in the area or who might have information regarding the crash is asked to contact Traffic Services Deputy McMullen at (734) 260-1982.

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Fri, Mar 22, 2013 : 8:20 a.m.

Forgot to mention that I'm 84 years old and my last moving violation happened on Xmas day 1989 on M-14 coming down the incline towards the curve that has no sight available because of concrete wall. There were about 10 vehicles in the crash.


Fri, Mar 22, 2013 : 8:16 a.m.

The third or fourth car may have been the car that caused the crash by driving on the wrong side of the road. I've met with too many incidents where I've had to almost crash to avoid head-on. The tender young turks who are first to blame older people are sometimes also tail-gaters - they can't stand to be behind any vehicle and instead of hanging back 4-5 carlengths where they can see around the car in front they stay on the back bumper of the vehicle and therefore have no sight avalability without sticking the nose of their vehicles into oncoming traffic. On the 22 mile drive from Benson AZ to Tombstone I've saved many lives by either flashing my left turn signal or edging toward the center line to block the futile fool behind me.

Dirty Mouth

Thu, Mar 21, 2013 : 9:39 p.m.

It is self-evident by the photo that Willie Mae Lewis' Pontiac crossed the center line. What is unclear, however, and I'm sure many of us would like to know, did Mrs. Lewis have a valid driver license? Did she have any chronic health conditions, e.g. seizures, vision problems etc.? My condolences to the families.


Fri, Mar 22, 2013 : 7:31 p.m.

@dancing, no one specifically said or alluded to it being a cause of the accident. You asked what it had to "do with it," and I explained it to you. If you want specific answers, ask specific questions.


Fri, Mar 22, 2013 : 4:25 p.m.

Neither one of these things you just mentioned would cause an accident.


Fri, Mar 22, 2013 : 11:35 a.m.

@dancing, well for starters no license = no insurance. No license also means one shouldn't be driving.


Thu, Mar 21, 2013 : 10:56 p.m.

What does a valid drivers license have to do with it?

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Mar 21, 2013 : 9:37 p.m.

"The third car wasn't involved in the crash, but police said whoever was in the car may be able to provide information about the accident, they said in a release." I'm not sure, short of a 4th car or an animal in the road what else a third car could offer up. A curiosity question would be why didn't the third car stop?


Fri, Mar 22, 2013 : 12:06 a.m.

Maybe they did not see it, maybe there was a fourth car that witnessed the third car witnessing the accident?