High speed and alcohol appear to be factors in a crash that killed a 27-year-old man on Ann Arbor Trail in Plymouth Township early Sunday.
Police say Douglas P. McKelvey, who lived in the township, was heading east on Ann Arbor Trail west of Haggerty when the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro he was driving left the road and struck a tree just after 2 a.m.
The Camaro was “literally almost ripped in two” and McKelvey was pronounced dead at the scene, said Plymouth Township Lt. Bob Antal,who is in charge of the investigation.
There were no passengers in the Camaro, no other vehicles involved and no known witnesses to the crash, police said.
The car’s speedometer was stuck at 80 mph, but although that may not indicate the speed at which the Camaro was traveling, it was going at a very high rate speed judging from the damage to it, Antal said.
Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy, including blood-test results, but McKelvey had reportedly been drinking at several places in downtown Plymouth before the crash. Before that, on Saturday evening, McKelvey had gone out to dinner with family members, Antal said.
Antal said police have visited a couple of the establishments where McKelvey had reportedly been drinking, and that managers have been cooperative in giving police access to security video from Saturday night and early Sunday.
Before the crash, Antal said, McKelvey’s Camaro left Ann Arbor Trail west of Waverly, traveled about 150 feet, crossing Waverly, and struck the tree east of Waverly. A nearby resident who was sitting in his living room at the time reported hearing the crash, he said.
Visitation for McKelvey was scheduled for 2-9 p.m. Thursday at the Vermeulen-Sajewski Funeral Home, 46401 Ann Arbor Road, and a funeral service was scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at NorthRidge Church, 49555 North Territorial, with friends and family gathering at the church beginning at 10 a.m.
Author: Camaro News