Troy police are investigating a string of car crashes on Monday afternoon which claimed the life of a Macomb Township man.
Police say that the man was traveling southbound on Rochester Road, south of Long Lake Road, when he turned left into oncoming traffic to avoid the scene of a minor accident which had taken place at 4:11 that day. He then started a series of crashes, involving four cars total. His car, a 2006 Toyota Scion, sideswiped one car, a 2013 Buick, and then struck another car head-on. The driver of the Buick then veered their car left and struck another car.
The driver of the Toyota, who police say was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Troy where he was pronounced dead. The man was identified as 44-year-old Jason Warner of Macomb Township, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The driver of the Buick was also taken to Beaumont in Troy with non-life threatening injuries. It is not known at this time if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the accidents, according to police.
Following the crash, Rochester Road southbound lanes were closed for three hours and northbound lanes for 40 minutes.
Police are asking the public for information regarding the drivers of the first, minor accident, who left the scene without identifying themselves. A gold 2011 or 2012 Chevrolet Malibu was involved in the accident with an unidentified silver sport-utility vehicle as the Malibu exited a private drive on to Rochester.
If anyone has information on the identity of these two vehicles and/or drivers to please contact the Troy Police Department at 248-524-3477.