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Man killed while crossing Detroit freeway: ‘Everyone stopped and recorded it,’ but one woman tried to save him

State police say 36-year-old man was struck in southbound lanes

DETROIT – A man was hit and killed while trying to cross the Southfield Freeway on Monday night in Detroit.

He hopped over the median on the freeway near Grand River Avenue and tried to walk across. He was struck by two vehicles just before 7 p.m. on the southbound side of the freeway.

While other drivers decided to film the incident on their phones, Angela Potter tried to save him. She administered CPR until first responders arrived.

“Everyone stopped and recorded it, no one stopped to help. There is no reason to grab your phone. I don’t understand why people grab their phones. Put your phones down, help,” said Potter. “About 10-15 minutes and the ambulance came and said he was gone. He was already gone.”

Michigan State Police said the man was 36 years old. He was trying to cross the freeway from the east side of the Southfield Freeway (M-39). He crossed the northbound lanes and was trying to cross the southbound lanes when he was struck by two vehicles. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

State police said they are still investigating this crash and are trying to contact the man’s family members.

No other injuries were reported.

Angela Potter tried to save a man who was struck by several vehicles Nov. 25, 2019 on the Southfield Freeway in Detroit.