ANN ARBOR TWP., MI – A car hit an Ann Arbor area stop sign early Sunday morning, killing a Westland passenger, officials said.

Firefighters responded at approximately 3:20 a.m. on Sunday January 24 at the 4200 block of Plymouth Road near Earhart Road in Ann Arbor Township. The incident occurred near the entrance to the University of Michigan’s eastern medical campus.

A driver was heading east on Plymouth Road before the sign was touched, Ann Arbor Township Fire Department officials said.

The 33-year-old passenger died at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital after the Huron Valley Ambulance transported her from the scene.

The woman did not have a seat belt at the time of the crash, officials said. The man driving the car was not injured.

Officers from the University of Michigan’s Public Safety and Security Division arrested the man after he refused to take a field field field sobriety test, officials said.

He is being held at the Washtenaw County Jail awaiting arraignment on formal chares, according to a representative from the University of Michigan’s public safety division.

Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash, officials said.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff issued an alert at 4:34 am Sunday for drivers to avoid the area via Plymouth and Earhart Highways “due to a traffic incident.”

The incident is still under investigation.

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