Released 911 calls reveal chaos, confusion at scene of fatal Detroit motorcycle crash

By Priya Mann - Reporter, Kayla Clarke

DETROIT - Calls to 911 after a deadly crash went unanswered in August around the time of a fatal motorcycle crash and now, some of the at least 50 calls that were made have been released.

Callers from the crash scene where Michael Blackwell died Aug. 24 said they were getting a recording when they dialed 911, so they would hang up and call again. Detroit police Chief Craig said in extreme circumstances, when a prompt picks up, callers should stay on the line.

Witnesses said there was a lack of urgency, which included a police supervisor allegedly driving past the scene.

"A bike went down, it's a good friend of mine, somebody needs to get here, he's losing way too much blood," a man told dispatch.

"Our friend who fell on the motorcycle, and he's not breathing," a woman told dispatch.

"I just pulled up to the scene, they say they couldn't get a hold of police, they're all freaking out," a man told dispatch.

Paramedics arrived on scene within six minutes.



Michael Blackwell

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