Police: Driver Going 100+ MPH Before Crash That Killed 2 Oak Park Students

By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) Investigators say speed and reckless driving were factors in a crash that killed two Oak Park High School students, and left four others hospitalized. 

Police on Monday released more details about the tragic incident in Southfield last Friday.

The Cadillac SRX containing six young men, ages 16 to 17, was traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour, according to Southfield Police Chief Elvin Barren, changing lanes frequently on northbound Telegraph Road before going out of control, jumping a curb and leaving the roadway at 10 Mile Rd.

The car went airborne, struck a tree and then rolled over several times — ejecting four of the passengers. 

Speaking to WWJ's Ron Dewey and other reporters at Southfield Police Headquarters, Barren appealed to young drivers and their families to slow down.

"Certainly driving is a very exciting time, but driving comes with a huge responsibility," he cautioned. 

The chief said, while the investigation into the crash is still ongoing, there is no indication at this time that drugs or alcohol played a role.

Barren said, however, there may be consequences for the driver, who survived the wreck. 

"This accident will be treated as any other accident resulting in death," he said. 

Barren said a warrant request has been made to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office for possible charges, including reckless driving causing death. 

In a statement released over the weekend, school officials said they remain in close contact with the police department and families of the students involved, adding that psychologists, social workers and grief counselors would be made available via phone.

No names have been released.