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Posted on Sun, May 19, 2013 : 9:12 p.m.

Ypsilanti man struck, killed after wandering onto freeway

By Sven Gustafson

An Ypsilanti man with a history of mental illness was killed early Sunday after police say he entered Interstate 94 on foot and was struck by a vehicle.

Curtis C. Phillips, 27, was wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts and black slippers when he was struck and killed around 1:48 a.m. on eastbound I-94 between Michigan Avenue and Huron Street in Ypsilanti Township.

Aaron Crittenden, 20, of Ypsilanti, told Michigan State Police troopers that Phillips appeared out of nowhere. Crittenden said he swerved to the left but couldn't avoid hitting him.

Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol is not considered to have played a role in the driver's actions.


Robin Piach

Tue, May 21, 2013 : 3:14 a.m.

It is sad. We were there stuck in traffic shortly after it happened. There was some other guy walking down the side of the expressway shoeless and talking to himself. (strange) It would have been very nice if there was a police car blocking the body from view of traffic when they allowed traffic to go past. There was a sheet over the body still laying on the highway, but the barefoot was hanging out and and the fact that you could see that it was a body laying there in a sheet. I still have the image in my mind, I wasn't gawking or trying to see, I was in the passenger side as we drove by, and it was right out side my window.

Linda Peck

Mon, May 20, 2013 : 11:59 p.m.

Very very sad. Prayers and blessings for both men and their families, blessings of grace to heal and prayers for forgiveness.

Mark Hergott

Mon, May 20, 2013 : 10:51 p.m.

This is very tragic for the family of Mister Phillips, and for Mister Crittenden and his family. This was a sad event that happened, an accident. Both men are victims, and compassion should be extended as far as it is needed.

Sam S Smith

Mon, May 20, 2013 : 12:32 p.m.

Special thoughts and prayers for both Mr. Phillips and Mr. Crittenden, their families and friends!


Mon, May 20, 2013 : 2:07 a.m.

So sad.