3 Dead, 1 Injured in Dearborn Heights Car Accident Friday

Three people died in the accident, which happened just before 1 p.m. Friday.

Update, 11 p.m.: Channel 4 is reporting the names of three people involved in Friday's car accident in Dearborn Heights: Adnan Berisha, Markel Jackson Willis and Willis' cousin, Will.

The three young men were in the Honda that was hit by a pickup truck Friday afternoon at the intersection of Telegraph and Ford roads. Both cars flipped in the accident, which killed Berisha and Willis, as well as the driver of the truck.

According to Channel 4, Willis' cousin is still in critical condition.

The identities of those involved have not been confirmed by police.

The identity of the driver of the pickup truck has not been released.

The local television station reports that all three were 2012 graduates of Annapolis High School in Dearborn Heights and attended Asher Adult Education in Southgate.

Berisha was an accomplished wrestler for Annapolis, and wrestled in the state finals in 2012, according to the Dearborn Press and Guide.


Update, 4 p.m.: All roads have been reopened to traffic and all debris cleared.

Police are expected to issue more details on the accident soon.

Channel 4 reports that the driver of a pickup truck with no passengers was going west on Ford Road and ran the red light at Telegraph Road. The truck hit a Honda, which was going north on Telegraph with two passengers.

One of the people in the Honda was the only survivor, but is still reportedly in critical condition.


A major accident has shut town both north and south Telegraph Road north of Ford Road, as well as Ford Road west of Outer Drive.

According to Channel 4 news, the accident involved two cars. Channel 4 also reported that three people have died and another person has been taken to a local hospital. That person is in critical condition. Dearborn Heights police could not confirm the report, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The accident occurred just before 1 p.m. Dearborn and Dearborn Heights police and fire are on the scene, as well as Michigan State Police.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area until further notice.

Telegraph is shut down from Ford Road to Warren.

Stay with Dearborn Patch as this story develops.

Get live traffic updates here.

NOTE: This story was updated at 3:40 p.m. Jan. 4 with additional information from Channel 4 and the Detroit Free Press.

Stevie Cockfight January 06, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Darell didn't murder anyone in this incident. Wreckless endangerment causing death? Maybe. Vehicular manslaughter? Maybe. Murder? Nope. I had another comment posted that's been removed so I'll say it another way- nobody is defending his actions. He was wrong and we all know it. Were he still here, even he wouldn't defend those actions. No doubt about it, he knew as he was up in the air that he was wrong. Darell wasn't an angel but he sure wasn't no kid killer... Not on purpose anyway, I guess. Nobody is saying he was right or that his actions are excusable. But just because he happened to be at fault, that shouldn't mean that his loved ones can't grieve, does it? This guy has a million friends all over the country- maybe the world- and he's adored for being a solid stand up guy and for being the first one to help a friend. My heart goes out to everyone who was effected by the loss of those kids and I'm positive I'm not the only bald headed tattooed convicted scum of society that feels this way. I just want their families to know it was an accident. As in not on purpose or intentional. It was stupid, dumb, pathetic, immature, etc.. It was all that stuff but it was an accident. Hate him with everything you can muster- he'll carry every bit of it. Sorry for your loss. Please let us be sorry for ours. Not asking you to be sorry for our loss, but at least let us. Thanks. And let's stay respectful. You wouldn't tell me to "save it" to my face so let's just stay civil.
matthew j schulte January 06, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Didn't see anything about seat belts, was anybody wearing them?
Peggy Weggy January 06, 2013 at 03:32 AM
it appears that the honda riders were all strapped in... Not sure about the pick up
Peggy Weggy January 06, 2013 at 03:47 AM
@ Stevie Cockfight... I saw your recent posts. of course your people have a right to grieve by the sounds of your story. Perhaps there's just one thing you could shed some light on so my heart can seek some sort of solace in this hideous event... I would find Darrell's reckless behavior more understandable if he was at the end of his rope for reason of outrageous debt... outstanding warrants... deep heartbreak, a sudden awareness of a loss of a love... (in other words, temporary insanity???)... I'm not at all excusing what he ended up causing.... but wanting deeply to understand this more... Thank you
Stevie Cockfight January 06, 2013 at 07:00 AM
Hi, Peggy, and thanks for not attacking me. I don't wanna give any info that isn't necissarily my business to talk about but, to try and answer ur question, I'll say first that it's not an easy question to answer. Beyond that, I don't know exactly what was on his mind. I tend to say "no" to the heartache, major debt, etc. theories but, I've been wrong before so who knows? What I do feel safe saying is that he was simply in a hurry w his head up his a** and it blew up in his face. The details will come out soon I'm sure and because it isn't released just yet, I don't feel like I should be the first to put it out there. Sorry to disappoint. Hope u understand. I will say this tho- In his own mind, he had a reason for what he was doing. Not that it was the right choice but, it was his choice. Poor decision making is common w guys like him and I and while I can't condone those choices, I do understand why he made the choice he did. Sorry I can't say more but I will in due time. Anymore questions, just reply. Or email me direct. steviecockfight@gmail.com
Stevie Cockfight January 06, 2013 at 09:10 AM
Sorry if that got all convaluted. I don't want to say too much but I don wanna leave u hangin. He did have his own reason(s) for going so fast. Not necissarily a good or legitimate reason but it was his reason nonetheless.
Peggy Weggy January 06, 2013 at 01:19 PM
@stevie, Understood and thanks for your thoughts.
AC January 06, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Your friend was a POS, cranked up on meth. So he was an accomplished tattoo artist? That doesn't change the fact that he was of despicable character. His driving record demonstrates a wanton disregard for others. Barreling down the road at 70 to 100 mph, completely ignoring traffic lights, while sideswiping a number of cars- than your POS friend runs through the Ford Rd and Telegraph intersection while the light is red, without even slowing down. What do you call that? A bad day? I urinate on his carcass and memory.
AC January 06, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Steve Cockfinger is just clueless. You say he had his reasons for doing this? Why didn't he just take himself out and spare the lives of these kids, and spare their families from this tragedy.
Peggy Weggy January 06, 2013 at 02:31 PM
It is indeed the saddest thing when a sick mind murders innocent people while on the path to wrecking themselves. Such a pity that none of his friends saw this coming. Intervention=possible prevention. Let those who sat back and watched this monster spin out of control without lifting a finger to help let this eat at your conscience.
Tasha Sotiredofyou Sewell January 06, 2013 at 03:42 PM
I just want to say that I hope God brings comfort to all the families of the lost. Markel was a bright young man, intelligent, well mannered, and behaved. Will I pray that he has a full recovery. Incidents like these are really unacceptable we need to start taking responsibility for our action there's nothing that can justify taking another individuals life whatever the reason is no matter where he had to be or what time he had to be there so instead you take the life of innocent people and that is truly a poor case of judgement. RIP MARKEL LOVE YOU.....
Asllanb January 06, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Adnan Berisha is my family mamber and we are going thru hard hard pain and i would never even want this pain to feel not even my worst enemy its hard hes gone and never coming back but hes on top of us and watching ADNAN I LOVE YOU BRO AND IL SEE YOU ONE DAY :(
Bigg Sexc January 07, 2013 at 01:35 PM
I am a family member of Markel Jackson Willis . Our family has had an great lose, and for you to say lives weren't taken not on purpose, how would you know? knowing someone means that you know that he wouldn't never took drugs , gotten in his truck, side swipe other cars and ran though a red light. It's obvious that you didn't know your friend. Well, we know our young cuzin had alot to offer and not yet lived his life, your friend has destroyed the heart of his Mother in which he was the only child. A bright future this young man had ahead of him. Our family has to await the day we lay our lil KELLEY ROC to rest.
Bigg Sexc January 07, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Thank you our family needs all your prayers. May God keep u and your family as well.
Bigg Sexc January 07, 2013 at 01:38 PM
All the family of our young lost lives, wish to say thanks for everyone caring.
Bigg Sexc January 07, 2013 at 01:41 PM
They all had seat belts on. Still lives were cut short.
Bigg Sexc January 07, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Thank you Tasha, Our family has suffered a great lost . Kel had a lot to offer, I'm glad you had the chance to me him. I hope his kindness stays forever in your hearts.
Bigg Sexc January 07, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Enough has been done. AC spoke his mind , as well as each of you on the post. Keep in mind these post should be positive for the families and their lost.
City of Dearborn (Editor) January 07, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Hi everyone, A comment has been deleted for violating our terms of use: dearborn.patch.com/terms. This specifically prohibits threats against another user. I understand that this is a very emotional time for the families and community members who knew these men, but please keep things civil and constructive. Thanks! Jessica
df0605 January 08, 2013 at 06:10 AM
As I read through this I feel pain for these families, I have 3 children, and am always worried when they get out on the road. What I find hard to understand is someone justifying someone else doing 90 miles an hour, and jeopordizing others. There is no excuse for it and it can not be justifyied or have a reason for doing so. It was irresponsiable, stupid, and not rational. And if you are going to say he wasnt rational, then he had no buisness on the road...there is no excuse I am sorry it was wrong, and to me it is murder. I would feel this way if it where my loved ones, and it is not an accident doing 90 miles an hour, its and accident when you are not familur with something, maybe make a wrong turn, bad weather, but driving 90 miles an hour was a choice there is a big diffrence that needs to be understood, and I guess as his truck was flying through the air I am sure he had second thoughts about what he did, wouldnt anyone that knew they where probably not going to make it, its human nature, but did not excuse what he did, it was his choice to drive his vehicle at 90 miles an hour, it was not the choice of those kids to be hit by his vehicle......getting my point here
david dejesus January 08, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Every one of u have been speeding down the road at one time or another...so dont judge him on the fact that he was white and killed "african teenagers" if it would've been white children he killed in this accident there wouldnt even be a discussion about this accident. whenever a white person does something to an african its a tragedy. yet everyday theres blacks committing crimes and doing things to white people and you never hear about it. yes he screwed up...and it cost him the lives of two others and himself. i bet if you gave everyone of them drug tests...even the teenagers...they wouldve all failed. Everyone just wants to put the blame on someone else. maybe if your kids were at home instead of joyriding they would be at home safe in bed.
Gus January 09, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Steve, there is no excuse that can justify his actions, unless it was a malfuntion of the pickup where he could not control it, then he is innocent. Other than that it was 100% murder. Please don't say it was just an accident, unless you have evidnece you would like to share. otherwise you shouldnt say anything to defend him. People here are venting for the loss of their friends who where 100% innocent. Your friend is not, at this point. There is nothing you can say that would do any good to these people, accept that your sorry for what your buddy did. Thats it.
Bigg Sexc January 09, 2013 at 09:54 AM
@ jay first read all comments and second I was responding to a comment that someone else had made! If u didnt read them all maybe because some was deleted! like I said again . Markel is my cuzin, and why would I pull the race card or say that someone is on drugs? It don't take a blind man to see that there must have been a comment that i was responding too. Thank you.
Bigg Sexc January 09, 2013 at 09:59 AM
I feel sorry for you. your thinking is a little something different. I'ma pray for the mind.
Peggy Weggy January 12, 2013 at 02:51 PM
My heart goes out to the families of the victims slain by this selfish madman. Not a day goes by that I don't think of their loss.
Peggy Weggy January 12, 2013 at 03:08 PM
david dejesus. Speeding is one thing. Going over 90 MGH through a red light is a different story. My only wish is that he only killed himself instead of wiping out these innocent young people. His actions are completely indefensible. Only a madman who acts as recklessly as this killer would defend or excuse this madman's behavior.
Alabama January 14, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Muder, nah! To have murder to have to have intent! That was not Darrels' intention! Obviously a horrible and yes in someone hearts unforgiveable! I happen to know Darrel and am very confused by all this! Has anyone ruled out a heart attack or stroke? To the families of the boys, may god be with u and may u have the abolity to hear god while he speaks to u! We were not put here to judge and in the end Darrel only has to answer to one! To Darrels family I have the same wish for you! May god bless you and help u through this horrible time! I know u are grievong for Darrel and those boys!
Blink 185 January 14, 2013 at 06:00 AM
"Muder, nah! To have murder to have to have intent!" You don't need intent for Second Degree Murder, so his family can console themselves with the fact that they only raised a Second Degree Murderer and not a first-degree one.
Alabama January 16, 2013 at 04:00 AM
To Blink, you are right 2nd degree murder (maybe) vehicular manslaughter (more likely). What we are saying is Darrel did not intentionally do this! It was a horrible horrible accident! I am none to judge! He had a wife and family, they and everyone else who knew Darrel has the right to mourn! His family has the right to mourn his loss and the loss of the two young men! Anyone who has faith and compassion would know forgiveness is the key to healing! I know it's hard to forgive, I know it would be hard for me! My heart hurts for the families of the three young men and I pray everyday the third young man is healing! Just because Darrel made mistakes as a teeneage or ayoung adult does not make him a horrible person! He made a horrible decision and he has paid the ultimate price! This is not for me or anyone else to judge! RIP Darrel you'll be missed!
A TRUE WILLIS February 03, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Hello iam the the big cousin of Markel and Will my family is haveing a hard time with our lost.And with will trying to get better.I never would have thought i will lose my first cousin Markel so soon i cry everyday and nite.My heart hurt and For those who dont know my cousins or my family RACE IS NOT THE PROBLEM SO GET YOUR MIND RIGHT.WE HAVE MIXED LOVE ONES IN OUR FAMILY.JUST KNOW RIGHT IS RIGHT AND WRONG IS WRONG.MARKEL IS TRUELY MISSED THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PRAYERS.AND IF YOU DONT HAVE NOTHING NICE TO SAY DONT SAY IT AT ALL THIS IS ALOT FOR MY FAMILY AND TO MUCH FOR MARKEL MOM HE IS HER ONLY CHILD SO PUT YOUR SELF IN HER SHOES AND FEEL HER PAIN.IF NOT GET YOUR MINE RIGHT AND GET LOST


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