Anthony Johnson's family says it is because a traffic signal that had two green lights, which had been malfunctioning for a long time.
The family filed a lawsuit last week. near Warren and Beechwood. It alleges that while Johnson had a green light here at Warren and Beechwood, the other driver also had a green light - because of a light that had turned around.
Johnson, 55, was traveling eastbound on Warren and approached the intersection along with another car on Beechwood at the time of the crash.
His daughter, Lauren Ashley Appling, said it's been two years since she lost her father, but "it feels like yesterday."
"So you have a situation now where in both directions you see green lights," said attorney Jordan Acker. "That's why the other driver is not at fault here."
Acker says the city of Detroit received complaints about the malfunctioning signal and reported them to the contractor, Motor City Electric Utilities Company. He says that contractor only fixed the signal hours after Johnson was killed.
"It should never take a death," Acker said. "To make sure that basic city services are taken care of."
Fox 2's calls to the utility company went unanswered Tuesday as the family of Anthony Johnson asks could his death have been prevented?
"I just saw him laying there lifeless, it was terrible," said Lauren Ashley Appling. "You would think as the years go on it would get better. They don't."