Alcohol, drugs could be factors for both drivers in deadly crash on Ryan Road in Sterling Heights

25-year-old passenger killed, both drivers under investigation

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – Police believe drugs and alcohol were factors in a crash that killed a man Tuesday morning on Ryan Road in Sterling Heights.

A 2006 Chrysler Pacifica and a Ford F-150 were involved in the head-on crash just before 1 a.m. on Ryan Road between 16 and 17 Mile Roads.

According to police, a 25-year-old Warren man who was a passenger in the Pacifica was killed. The Pacifica's driver, a 24-year-old man from Sterling Heights, was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and released.

Narcotics and drug paraphernalia were found in the Pacifica, police said, and it is believed that the driver may have been under the influence of drugs. Charges have not yet been filed against him.

The driver of the F-150, a 27-year-old man from Troy, was suspected of drunken driving and was arrested.

“It’s very unfortunate, obviously, when people partake in activities that involve drinking and driving," Sterling Heights Police Lt. Dave Sarvello said. "One individual has lost his life, another individual is injured and another person is facing incarceration because of their actions of drinking and driving.”

Police do not know which driver crossed the center line. The crash remains under investigation. 

Ryan Road was closed for about four hours while police investigated.

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