Diabetic Emergency may have caused Fatal Accident in Clinton Township

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI – For the third time in twelve days, the Clinton Township Police Department is investigating a fatal traffic crash involving two people in a black Ford Flex. The crash occurred around 1:49PM on Saturday November 30th, 2019.fatal-crash

The preliminary investigation indicated the Flex was traveling northbound on Gratiot just past Metropolitan Parkway. For an unknown reason the driver drove off the roadway and struck a tree. The occupants were pulled from the vehicle by bystanders as the vehicle caught fire. As the fire was being extinguished by Clinton Twp. Fire, both occupants were transported to McLaren Macomb Hospital by Medstar ambulance, where they were pronounced dead a short time later. The driver was identified as Jerry Polk, 71-years-old, from Eastpointe, and the passenger was his wife, Pamela Polk, 66-years-old, also of Eastpointe.

Drugs and/or alcohol are not suspected in the crash. Although, the driver may have been having a diabetic emergency just prior to the crash.

The area of Gratiot where the crash occurred is a divided roadway that has four (4) N/B lanes that transitions to three (3) lanes that curves right. There is also a longer median left turn lane to turn onto a side street or S/B Gratiot at the location. Just past the final rest of the crash is a McDonald’s parking lot located in the median between N/B and S/B Gratiot. The speed limit is posted at 45 mph with a suggested speed of 35 mph at the bend.

The Clinton Township Police Department is continuing the investigation and requests any witnesses to the crash or anyone having information pertinent to the crash, to contact the Captain Wade at: (586)493-7931 and/or Sergeant C. Allis at: (586)615-2525

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