Traffic crash leaves one driver hospitalized

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 21, 2018

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ROSEVILLE — Roseville police are still investigating a traffic crash that took place at noon Feb. 8 in the southbound lanes of Utica Road between 13 Mile Road and Castle Street that left one driver of a postal vehicle hospitalized and another driver without apparent injuries, according to police. 

A 63-year-old Roseville resident and United States Postal Service employee was stopped and was possibly standing at the side of a postal delivery truck along the southbound curb of Utica. Police believe the postal worker stopped to deliver mail at a residence.

Police said the postal worker was struck by an 87-year-old Roseville resident who was driving a 2004 blue Dodge Durango. Roseville Deputy Police Chief Donald Glandon said Feb. 16 that police were still trying to determine if the worker was hit directly by the Durango or if the incident was a chain reaction. 

“That is still in question. Hopefully when the investigation is concluded, we will have that answer,” said Glandon. 

“This impact caused the postal vehicle and the postal employee to be pushed southbound on Utica,” stated a police press release Feb. 8.

Police said they don’t believe the driver of the Durango was distracted or intoxicated at the time of the incident.

According to the press release, police said the postal worker had the vehicle’s flashers on at the time of the incident.

As of Feb. 15, Glandon said police haven’t been notified that the postal worker has been released from the hospital. 

“He’s still being medically treated. When he went in, he was in critical condition. As far as I know, he’s still in a local hospital,” said Glandon. 

Glandon also said the other driver hasn’t been charged at this time. 

“We have to wait until the investigation is done,” he said. 

As for the investigation, Glandon said it’ll be a couple of weeks before the department has answers on the case. 

“(The department) has to analyze the data, and we’re still trying to sort out readings from various cars. There’s a lot involved in it. It usually takes a while when you’re dealing with a serious accident,” said Glandon.