SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – A teenage girl was struck and killed while trying to cross Telegraph Road in Southfield.

(Photo: Sandra McNeill/WWJ)

All lanes of southbound Telegraph Road were closed at 10 Mile Road following the tragic crash late Wednesday afternoon and reopened shortly after 7 p.m.

According to witnesses, the victim was a student at nearby Bradford Academy.

“I talked to a couple of students who knew her. They say she was very bright, very pretty,” WWJ’s Sandra McNeill reported from the scene. “Apparently she had run across the street to Burger King to get something to eat, came back and was hit by more than one car.”

A distraught driver telling WWJ’s Sandra McNeill that he could not avoid hitting the girl.

The victim’s name and age were not immediately released. Authorities confirmed the incident, but did not confirm any information about the victim.

An investigation is ongoing. Police remained on the scene during the busy afternoon commute, and motorists were urged to avoid the area.

Grief counselors will be on hand at Bradford Academy to help students cope with the loss of their classmate.

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  1. Trevor Frith says:

    Notwithstanding the tragedy of this crash, one must ask, would the Google car have stopped in time? What if there was a way this driver could have started the braking ¾ of a second sooner and stopped 30 – 40 feet shorter, perhaps in an even shorter distance than the Google car. There is. Sad that those in charge of driver legislation and training refuse to teach student drivers the safer (But girly!) left foot braking method and ban driving instructors from teaching the very complicated and difficult to mentally maintain especially for older drivers, inefficient(poor stopping distance) and dangerous (right foot pedal errors) right foot braking on automatic cars. See DOT HS 811 597, 812 058and 812 431. NHTSA insists on calling it “pedal misapplication” and always blames the driver rather than their beloved right foot braking method. Score to date 150,000 dead, millions injured, and billions in costs. The price men both in and out of government are apparently willing to pay to maintain their systemic belief in right foot braking on automatic cars even though they have zero scientific justification. As one transportation “expert” said “That’s the way it’s always been taught”! This is not about who has the safer braking method but rather why they refuse to scientifically compare the two methods! Was it driver error or the way we taught them to brake?

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