LYON TOWNSHIP (WWJ) – Authorities say distracted driving and alcohol played a role in the death of an elderly woman in a crash involving a FedEx truck.
According the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, a 50-year old South Lyon woman was talking on her cell phone while driving along Milford Road at 11 Mile Road, at about 4:20 p.m. Monday, with her mother in the passenger’s seat.READ MORE: Protestors In Detroit Petition To Grant Immigrant Status To Haitian Migrants
She stopped at a stop sign, officials say, but then continued driving into the intersection where her car was broadsided by the FedEx semi on the passenger’s side.
Betty Whitfield, 89, of Lyon Township, was pronounced dead at the scene.READ MORE: First Lady Jill Biden To Visit Royal Oak On Friday
The daughter was being treated at Botsford Hospital for injuries she sustained in the crash. With charges against her pending, her name has not yet been released.
Sheriff’s officials said alcohol does appear to have been a factor as an investigation continues.MORE NEWS: Michigan Budget Boosts Child Care, Keeps Caregiver Pay Hike
The FedEx driver, a 58-year-old Redford Township resident, was not injured.