BERLIN TOWNSHIP, MI – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a fatal car vs pedestrian traffic crash that occurred on Monday, July 15th, 2019, at approximately 1:05 AM. The crash occurred on southbound I-75, south of South Huron River Drive in Berlin Township.
The preliminary investigation revealed Charles D. Long, 53-years-old, of Brownstown, was driving a Gray in color 2004 Ford Super Duty Pick-up southbound on I-75 when for unknown reasons he drove off of the roadway to the right and struck a road sign. Mr. Long’s vehicle then re-entered the roadway, careening to the left where it struck the center median barrier. After striking the barrier, the vehicle continued southbound coming to rest along the right shoulder of southbound I-75.
Charles Long was struck by multiple vehicles while outside of his vehicle and within the southbound lanes of travel. The circumstances of how Mr. Long became separated from his vehicle are unknown at this time. It is unknown how many vehicles struck Mr. Long. However, drivers of two vehicles stopped to report striking the victim. The drivers of the vehicles that have been identified were not injured and were wearing safety belts at the time of the incident.
Charles Long was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident occurred in an area of the roadway with minimal artificial lighting.
Monroe Community Ambulance, the Berlin Township Fire Department, the Michigan State Police and the Rockwood Police Department assisted at the scene.
The crash remains under investigation by Deputy Ian Glick and Deputy Brandon Benes of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Services Division, along with Deputy Jon Cregar and Deputy Brian Quinn of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Services Division. Anyone with information about the crash are asked to call 734-240-7756.