Rochester Hills man dies after Jeep driver runs red light while on cellphone, crashes into car

Suk-Joon Ham dies from injuries

A red light. (Pexels)

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – A Rochester Hills man has died after the driver of a Jeep ran a red light while using her cellphone and crashed into the car he was in at an intersection, police said.

The crash happened at 11:17 a.m. Sept. 20 at the intersection of Adams and Avon roads in Rochester Hills.

Officials said a 30-year-old Rochester Hills woman was driving a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee north on Adams Road approaching Avon Road. At the same time, a 75-year-old Rochester Hills man was driving a 2012 Honda Accord west on Avon Road toward the intersection.

Police said the Accord started to turn left onto southbound Adams Road when it was struck on the driver’s side by the Jeep, which had continued north through a red light at the intersection, according to authorities.

“The Honda Accord had the right of way as indicated by a green left turn signal,” a release from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said.

Investigators believe the driver of the Jeep was distracted by her cellphone at the time of the crash.

Suk-Joon Ham, 74, of Rochester Hills, was sitting in the back seat of the Accord. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died Saturday (Sept. 24) from his injuries.

The driver of the Accord and the 73-year-old Rochester Hills man in the front passenger seat were taken to a nearby hospital by emergency responders. They have since been released.

The driver of the Jeep was not injured.

Police don’t believe drugs or alcohol were factors in this crash.

Oakland County deputies continue to investigate.

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