The signal at Inkster Road at Lyndon had been out for days due to a power outage, according to the Wayne County Road Commission waiting on DTE Energy to restore service.
The driver of the Can Am three-wheeler from Redford was killed when a 37-year-old woman hit him in her Chrysler 200. Both were going northbound, but the woman failed to stop and hit the motorcycle from behind. She was not injured.
Inkster runs along the Redford-Livonia city line. But because it happened on northbound Inkster made it a Redford police scene. Investigators documenting the crash scene say speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.
The traffic light was not working at the time of the accident. Drivers by law are required to stop at any inoperable traffic signal. The official cause of the crash has not been released.
Neighbors reported this traffic signal as not working earlier in the week. Redford police tell FOX 2 they reported the traffic signal as still not working at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
That call was made to the Wayne County Road Commission, which is the jurisdiction dept responsible for maintaining this traffic signal.
"Sunday morning it was out," said Bob Burr. "Some cars stop, some don't. There's no stop signs."
Wednesday evening a Wayne County Road Commission crew worked on the traffic signal and at 8:30 p.m. the signal was working again.
Burr lives at the intersection of Inkster and Lyndon and says the intersection has not been a problem.
"It hasn't been a problem intersection, it's because the light was out," he said. "Drivers not knowing what to do."
The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed yet.