Bicyclist Struck, Killed in Northville
Rain, visibility and alcohol are factors in the accident, township public safety director says.
A 58-year-old Northville man was killed on Seven Mile Road tonight.
It was raining heavily before 8 p.m. when the man, who was riding a bicycle, was struck on Seven Mile between Silver Springs Drive and Haggerty Road.
Northville Township public safety director John Werth said two Northville men headed eastbound on Seven Mile told police that they knew they hit something but weren't quite sure what they hit. He said they pulled into the nearby state police crime lab, less than a quarter-mile east of where the man was hit, to report the accident.
The township fire department's paramedics responded and attempted to revive the man. But he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Werth said that police believe the bicyclist veered off the shoulder into the lane and that "alcohol was a factor" for him.
The two men in the car are OK but are "shaken up with the tragedy that happened," Werth added.
As of about 8:30 p.m. Werth said that Seven Mile will remain closed to traffic between the state police station and just east of Silver Springs Drive.
In late July, another man was killed on Seven Mile Road near Fry Road. It was also raining heavily during that accident, reducing visibility.