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1 dead after crash following police chase in West Bloomfield – WXYZ Detroit

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WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) — The West Bloomfield Police Department says one person has died in a single-car crash in West Bloomfield on Wednesday morning.

Police released a statement saying that they made a misstep when confirming that a second woman had died in the crash. That woman is currently on life support.

Curtis Lawson, deputy chief of the West Bloomfield Police Department, released the below correction:

We have just received word from the hospital that the female who we reported to you as deceased is in fact still on life support. The information we originally put out to you was information directly from a family member who told us she had just “passed away”.

This is obviously an extremely unfortunate misstep on our part not to have confirmed this information and one that will not happen again.

Around 4 a.m. Wednesday, a Farmington Hills police officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation on northbound Northwestern Highway and 13 Mile. The vehicle drove away at a high rate of speed and the pursuit was terminated.

Police say a short time later, a fatal vehicle accident occurred at 14 Mile and Orchard Lake Rd in West Bloomfield.

The male driver, identified as 36-year-old Mathew Mercado from Waterford Township, died a short time after the crash. The passenger, 24-year-old Jazmene Glynn, from Warren, was transorted to a hospital and also later died from her injuries.

Police have not released what initiated the chase.

The intersection of Northwestern Highway and Orchard Lake is back open.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article stated that a second woman had died in the crash. West Bloomfield police incorrectly reported the woman’s death and has since released a statement confirming their misstep and that the woman is now on life support.

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