TROY (WWJ) – Police have released the name of a young metro Detroit woman who died after a crash in Troy.

Troy police said Dena Marie Elliott, 25, of Sterling Heights, was critically hurt when she drove her Ford Escape SUV through a red light on westbound Big Beaver — 16 Mile Road —  at Troy Street late Thursday night, hitting another vehicle that had the green light.

According to the  Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office, Elliott died at around 1 a.m. Friday at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital.

The driver of the vehicle she struck was treated for minor injures.

Troy police said Elliott was not wearing her seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. It was not immediately known if alcohol or drugs were a factor, according to police, and toxicology tests will be performed.

Police said it was Elliot’s birthday.

As an investigation continues, anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call Troy police at 248-524-3477.

Westbound Big Beaver at Livernois was closed until around midnight Thursday following the accident.


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