Dangerous intersection blamed for 22-year-old woman’s death in Southwest Detroit

Police say woman was hit by drunk driver

DETROIT – A young woman was hit and killed at an intersection in Detroit that drivers say is dangerous.

Alondra DeLeon, 22, was killed in a crash Saturday, Nov. 26, at the intersection of Chamberlain and Elsmere streets in Southwest Detroit.

Detroit police say DeLeon was hit by a suspected drunk driver that was speeding and blew past the four-way stop. DeLeon was pronounced dead on the scene.

“The thing that hurts me the most is that I see a body laying down, but it’s covered, and from there, I’m like, ‘that can’t be real,’” said DeLeon’s boyfriend, Agustin Chavez.

Chavez said she was just two blocks from home.

In part, Chavez’s mom, Mita Villagran, blames the dangerous intersection, saying it’s known for speeding drivers.

“Every day, doesn’t matter what time,” Villagran said. “They speed 80, 90, 100 (mph). I’m here. I see it.”

The public works department said it has received 15 requests for speed humps along Chamberlain Street, but because it’s a main road, that can’t happen. Instead, it’s a matter of traffic enforcement.

Detroit police told Local 4 it’s increasing traffic patrols at that intersection in response to what happened.

Photos of DeLeon and the street-side memorial can be seen below.

A young woman was hit and killed at an intersection in Detroit that drivers say is dangerous. (WDIV)
A young woman was hit and killed at an intersection in Detroit that drivers say is dangerous. (WDIV)

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Jacqueline Francis is an award-winning journalist who joined the WDIV team in September 2022. Prior to Local 4, she reported for the NBC affiliate in West Michigan. When she’s not on the job, Jacqueline enjoys taking advantage of all the wonders Michigan has to offer, from ski trips up north to beach days with her dog, Ace.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.