Saturday, September 5, 2015

Buick Enclave hits building in Summit Township, leaves driver with minor injuries, police say

Ya gotta love the willingness to label PEDAL DYSLEXIA without evidence, especially when the National Car Wash Association has a list of vehicles prone to ACCELERATE:  


Car hits building in Summit Township, leaves driver with minor injuries, police say

By Theresa Ghiloni | 
on September 02, 2015

SUMMIT TWP., MI – A 77-year-old woman sped across four lanes of traffic, a parking lot and drove through a fence before crashing into a building Wednesday night on Horton Road, police said.

Jackson County sheriff Deputy Don Cherry said the woman suffered minor injuries in the crash that occurred just before 5 p.m. Sept. 2 in the 1900 block of Horton Road near Badgley Road. The driver refused medical treatment at the scene and told investigators she had been turning left out of Kelly Express Mart, 1825 Horton Road, when she lost control of her Buick Enclave, he said.

"She claims it may have been a mechanical issue but my suspicion is she may have mistook the gas for the brake," Cherry said. "When that happens people have a tendency to panic and hit (the gas) harder."

Max Iseler, 21, and Austin Dunn, 18, said they were in the parking lot of Key Largo Lounge when they heard tires squealing and saw the woman's vehicle whip out of the gas station and across the road. Iseler said the vehicle then narrowly missed a parked car, tore down a fence separating the parking lot from an adjacent property and crashed into an empty commercial building.

The men said they rushed to the vehicle to help anyone who might be hurt and found the female driver conscious. 

"She missed all traffic somehow," Iseler said. "I don't even know how that happened."
Cherry said the driver was cited for careless driving.

Summit Township fire Lt. Aaron Osburn said his department also responded to the scene because of concerns regarding the structural integrity of the damaged building but he added most of the damage appeared to be superficial.

Jackson Community Ambulance also assisted at the scene.