Driver killed, passenger extracted after car vaults from ditch into Ann Arbor Walgreens

Otis Jones identified as driver killed in crash

A vehicle crashed into an Ann Arbor Walgreens on Dec. 23, 2020. (WDIV)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A driver was killed and an injured passenger was extracted after 45 minutes when a car “vaulted” from a ditch into a Walgreens in Ann Arbor, officials said.

The crash happened at 3:56 p.m. Wednesday at the Walgreens at the corner of Washtenaw Avenue and Huron Parkway, according to authorities.

A vehicle was traveling south on Huron Parkway when it left the road near Asher Road, Ann Arbor police said. The vehicle went through the grass and a ditch before “vaulting” into the building, police said.

When firefighters arrived, the vehicle was elevated against the building.

Officials said the driver, identified as Otis Jones, 82, of Ann Arbor, was killed in the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Firefighters spent 45 minutes extricating the front seat passenger, a 77-year-old Ann Arbor woman who was “significantly pinned” in the vehicle. She was taken to University of Michigan Hospital in critical condition, but is stable, officials said.

Both occupants were wearing seatbelts, officials said.

A couple people inside the Walgreens suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

Ann Arbor police are investigating the crash. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor.

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