Three seriously injured in Shelby Township ATV crash

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published November 19, 2020

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township police are investigating a serious collision that involved three people on an all-terrain vehicle crashing into a home.

At approximately 6:45 p.m. Nov. 3, officers were dispatched to the area of Cardinal Street and 22 Mile Road for an ATV that had struck a house, resulting in serious injuries to the ATV’s three riders. Cardinal Street is east of Shelby Road.

Officers reportedly found the ATV at a home on the corner of Cardinal Street and Wren Street overturned and lying on one of two children, ages 9 and 12, who both had serious injuries. The driver, a 38-year-old Shelby Township man, who is the father of the 9-year-old, was also found injured, police said. Officers rendered first aid to all three at the scene and turned over their care to Shelby Township Fire Department personnel.

Police assisted in escorting the ambulances to Beaumont Hospital, Troy. The injured 12-year-old friend was then flown to DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital due to serious injuries, and the 9-year-old daughter of the driver was also transported by ambulance to Detroit Receiving. The father was admitted to Beaumont Hospital, Troy, for his injuries.

Shelby Township Police Sgt. Mark Benedettini said the crash was a result of high speed, possibly alcohol and the vehicle going out of control.

“It appears that the father was riding in the ATV with his 9-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old boy from Roseville, who was a family friend. According to witnesses, the father was driving down Wren Street, which ends at Cardinal Street close to where they lived. Witnesses said the ATV was traveling at a high rate of speed and wasn’t able to negotiate the turn at Cardinal Street. The ATV then went across the front grass of a residence and struck a landscaping retaining wall, which was connected to the home. The occupants of the ATV were thrown from it, and actually one of the children was pinned under the ATV,” he said.

Benedettini said the children will have a tough time ahead of them.

“The children had critical injuries. I spoke to the hospital earlier this week, and both children are now stable, which is great news. However, they are going to have a long road to recovery,” said Benedettini.

According to police, the father is also doing OK.

A search warrant for the father’s blood was executed, blood samples were sent to the lab and police are awaiting the results.

“Our crash reconstructionist is still working on trying to figure out the speed that ATV was going,” he said.

The case is still under investigation. Police are asking that anyone in the area who might have witnessed the crash call Benedettini at (586) 731-2121.

Benedettini said that anyone who might think of drinking and operating a vehicle of any type should think again before endangering themselves and others.

“This was obviously a bad decision all around that was made by the 38-year-old driver of the ATV. First off, ATVs are not even legal to ride in the roadways in Shelby Township. Then, you add alcohol and speed to the mix, and no helmets for any of the occupants — it was obviously a terrible choice made by the adult driver of the ATV. We are definitely going to be seeking criminal charges against the driver once the bloodwork comes back from the lab. We have already been in contact with the Prosecutor’s Office. We will not tolerate bad, ignorant decisions like this that endangers kids’ lives in our community,” said Benedettini.

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