Victims identified in I-94 crash that killed 4

HARPER WOODS, MICH. - The four victims killed in a crash on I-94 Monday morning have been identified by Michigan State Police.

The deceased, all Detroit residents, are Doreal Rogers, 20, who was the driver of the vehicle; Alesia Maddox, 20, who was in the front passenger seat; Armonie Maddox,18, who was in the back seat; and Ervin Johnson, 18, who was in also in the back seat.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Monday, the four passengers — along with one 1-year-old toddler — were traveling north on eastbound I-94 in a 2006 Buick SUV. Rogers, according to Michigan State Police, lost control of the vehicle while trying to pass another car. The SUV skidded across the entire row of lanes and crashed into the 8 Mile overpass in Harper Woods.

The four adult passengers were killed immediately at the scene. The two back seat passengers were ejected from the car, while the two front seat passengers were crushed in the vehicle, with firefighters having to cut them out of the car.

The only survivor was a toddler who had been strapped into a car seat in the back — the son of Alesia Maddox — who had turned one on Saturday. The child, who has not been identified, was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries. He is now in the care of family members.

Michigan State Police are investigating the crash, with plans to get a search warrant to look into the car's "black box" for information on speed and how the driver was braking. According to police, none of the adult passengers were wearing seat belts and the car was traveling at high speeds.

Michigan State Police's public information officer, Lt. Michael Shaw, said at a press conference today the department will give the family a few days to grieve before getting in touch to find out more details. As of now, they are unsure of where the car was going.

© 2017 Detroit Free Press


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