STERLING HEIGHTS (WWJ) – Authorities say a passenger was killed in a head-on crash overnight that was likely fueled by alcohol.

The crash happened around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday on Ryan Road just north of Metro Parkway in Sterling Heights.

Lt. James Belmonte said the collision involved a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica and a Ford F-150, but it’s not yet clear which vehicle crossed the center line.

“There’s no reports of erratic driving or speed at this point,” he said. “This is a very tragic incident.”

A 25-year-old Warren man who was a passenger in the Chrysler was killed in the crash. Both drivers also received non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Ford, a 27-year-old Troy man, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drunk driving.

The driver of the Chrysler, a 24-year-old Sterling Heights man, might also be facing charges.

“Recovered at the scene as part of this investigation was possible narcotics found in the Chrysler Pacifica,” said Belmonte. “Charges may be sought for that driver, pending a toxicology report, at a later date.”

Police say alcohol and drugs are possible factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Ryan Road was closed for several hours, but has since reopened.

For the latest from the roads, stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 during Traffic and Weather on the 8s, 24-hours a day. Check for recent incidents now on the CBS Detroit Traffic Page.


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