DETROIT, MI – One man is dead and another is in the hospital in serious condition after they were racing a motorcycle and a go-kart Sunday evening, August 20th, 2017 on Detroit’s east side.
Detroit Police are investigating an accident on French Road near Almont, that occurred at approximately 9:45PM, between a motorcycle and a highly customized go-kart. The two were racing when the driver of the go-kart turned in front of the motorcycle causing the accident.
The go-kart driver, a 21-year-old man from Warren, was pronounced dead on the scene.
The 31-year-old motorcyclist was hospitalized in critical condition but is now reported to be in serious condition.
Drag racing in Detroit has been a problem for several years. Five years ago, in September of 2012, three people were arrested and at least 30 vehicles were impounded during a drag racing crackdown by authorities. Then in June of 2017, residents living along the Detroit riverfront complained heavily to Detroit Police about drag racing, loud music and marijuana in their area of the city. Some residents were considering finding a different place to live if DPD did not get the problem under control. Those complaining said the loud noise went into the early morning hours of 3:00 – 4:00AM. Detroit Police are continuing to take action on those who are involved in such activity on the streets of city.
No further information is available at this time concerning this unfortunate accident.