DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit police are investigating a deadly high-speed crash on the city’s east side that split the driver’s vehicle in half.
The accident happened shortly after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday on Outer Drive just east of Chalmers Street.
A man was driving down Outer Drive in what police believe is a Dodge Charger at alleged speeds topping 100 MPH when he lost control of the vehicle around a slight curve. According to police, the vehicle hit the curb and went into the median of Outer Drive where it struck two trees and split in half before bursting into flames.
Police believe the driver, who was not identified, was killed instantly. Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to free the victim from the wreckage so the medical examiner could remove the body. Authorities are awaiting autopsy results for an official cause of death, although an official at the morgue said that process could take some time because the victim’s body is badly burned.
Investigators say its unclear why the man was driving at such a rapid speed. He was the only passenger in the car. No other injuries were reported.
Police remained on the scene several hours after the accident, taking measurements and collecting evidence. Outer Drive was closed between Chalmers and Queen streets for over four hours as police investigated, but has since reopened.
An investigation is ongoing.