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Pair of pre-Christmas crashes result in injuries

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published January 6, 2016

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Days before Christmas, the Sterling Heights Police Department investigated a pair of traffic accidents in the city that reportedly resulted in injuries.

The first incident reportedly happened just before 9:30 a.m. Dec. 22. According to police, officers arrived to the site of a two-vehicle crash at northbound Mound Road, south of 15 Mile Road.

According to the report, a man who drove a semi-tractor that was pulling an empty tanker was at fault for hitting the back of an Econoline van that had been stopping for a yellow signal.

Police said the van was heavily damaged from behind. The semi-tractor was less seriously damaged on its front. Police did not blame the crash on speed or alcohol.

Police said the van contained a driver and four passengers, and one of the passengers was injured; those injuries were not life-threatening.

About an hour later, another two-vehicle crash occurred on Metropolitan Parkway, west of Schoenherr Road. The crash reportedly happened when a minivan left a parking lot without yielding to a pickup truck, officers said. Police do not believe that alcohol or speed led to the accident.

The minivan was extensively damaged on the driver’s side, and its driver, a Roseville woman, reportedly lost consciousness, sustained serious injuries and was taken to the hospital, police said. The pickup truck had minor damage in front, and none of its occupants were hurt, according to the report.

In an email, Sterling Heights Police Lt. Dave Smith said failing to yield the right of way is common, and he added that it is not unusual for people to leave private property and enter traffic without stopping first.

“It is not always posted — regardless, the law requires a complete stop — but also in today’s busy times everyone is in a hurry,” he said.
Smith said drivers should err on the side of caution, and they should realize that factors such as distractions, traffic volume, time of day, weather and speed may affect the odds of getting into an accident.

“If drivers can remember to keep things in perspective, saving a couple minutes is not worth injury and property damage,” he said.

Anyone who has more information about either of these incidents is encouraged to call the Sterling Heights Police Department at (586) 446-2800.