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Medical condition spurs fatal accident

It is not always easy to assign blame in a car accident. A number of underlying causes can contribute to a fatal accident and not just stem from the negligence of another.

This seemed to be the case in a recent accident in Ann Arbor that claimed the life of a 66-year-old man. The man was struck while traveling north on Maple Road, according to the police who investigated the crash. The driver that hit him, a 48-year-old male, was heading east on Dexter Avenue.

Police believe that the 48-year-old driver suffered from a medical condition which caused him to lose consciousness. This caused him to run through a red light and strike the victim. Police, however, would not release the nature of the man's condition. The collision was so violent that police said the victim died at the scene. The crash mangled the victim's car so bad that it pinned him inside, where he stopped breathing. Emergency crews had to use the Jaws of Life to extract him, but sadly, it was too late.

The other driver was brought to a medical facility to be treated for his condition.

An initial report from the crash stated that a third car was involved in the incident but it turned out to be nothing more than a witness who tended to his civic duty by waiting for police to provide information.

Unfortunately, that was not the only fatal traffic incident of the night. Police also reported that a semi-truck struck a pedestrian who was walking on I-94 near Stone School Road. Witness reports claim the man purposely moved into the path of the oncoming big rig.

Source: AnnArbor.com "Fatal crash on west side of Ann Arbor resulted from driver suffering medical condition, police say," Kyle Feldscher, April 27, 2012

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