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Cops: Lions’ Rookie Linebacker Hepburn Caused Crash, Woman Injured

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ALLEN PARK, MI - MAY 10:  Brandon Hepburn #57 of the Detroit Lions leads his group at the start of the first day of Rookie Camp on May 10, 2013 in Allen Park, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

ALLEN PARK, MI – MAY 10: Brandon Hepburn #57 of the Detroit Lions leads his group at the start of the first day of Rookie Camp on May 10, 2013 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Taylor police are investigating a traffic crash that happened when they said Lions’ rookie linebacker Brandon Hepburn drove through an intersection without stopping, striking and seriously injuring another driver.

It happened Nov. 17 at the intersection of North Line and Allen roads.

“At about 10:12 p.m., storm damage had caused the traffic signals at the intersection to be out,” police said in a press release, adding:

“He (Hepburn) struck another vehicle that had stopped and was proceeding through the intersection appropriately.”

Anytime a traffic signal is out, the intersection is to be treated as a right-of-way stop, per Michigan law.

The victim is a 32-year-old Dearborn woman who is being treated for her injuries at a nearby hospital; her injuries are reportedly serious. The Free Press identified the victim as Angela Marie Chantelois.

Police said the investigation showed Hepburn at fault for the accident.

Hepburn also had a passenger in his car, Xavier Proctor, a member of the Lions’ practice squad.

“We are aware of the accident, and we are continuing to gather additional information,” Lions spokesman Bill Keenist said in a statement Tuesday. “We have no further comment at this time other than to express that our thoughts have been and will continue to be with Ms. Chantelois.”

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