Police seek tips to identify driver who sideswiped house in Clawson

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published April 13, 2016

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CLAWSON — Police are still seeking information regarding an unknown driver who hit a home during the middle of the night early last week.

Clawson Police Department Detective Lt. Scott Sarvello said an initial investigation revealed that at about 11 p.m. April 2, a vehicle swiped the west side of a house at the corner of Crooks Road and West Elmwood Avenue, hitting an electrical meter box, bushes and the outside faucet of the home. Sarvello said the car then went through a wooden fence and back onto northbound Crooks Road.

No known injuries occurred during the crash.

“The car would have sustained some pretty serious damage, but it left the scene,” Sarvello said.

Detectives believe the suspect’s vehicle may be a light gray or silver vehicle, possibly a Toyota Camry based on car parts left at the scene. Sarvello said the vehicle should have some damage on the driver’s side and substantial passenger-side damage, including a missing mirror.

Sarvello said the homeowner was home at the time of the incident and heard a loud noise. He said she went outside to check what happened, but she didn’t see anything.

Sarvello said a neighbor knocked on her door the next morning to let her know that water was spraying out of her faucet at the side of her house.

“At that point, it had been spraying out all night and was building up ice in the roadway, so the city came out and shut the water down and salted and cleaned up the ice in the roadway,” he said.

Sarvello said he’s hoping someone will still come forward to either take responsibility or provide officers with information regarding who is to blame.

Anyone with information should contact the Troy Police Department dispatchers at (248) 524-3477.