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September 5, 2013

City worker in serious condition after crash

By Kristyne E. Demske
C & G Staff Writer

St. Clair Shores Police Officer Tom Price said a 56-year-old employee of the city’s Department of Public Works was in serious condition in the intensive care unit of St. John Hospital in Detroit at press time after he was struck by a motorist Sept. 4.

A 56-year-old woman from Warren was driving southbound on Jefferson Avenue around 1:45 p.m. when she changed lanes just north of 10 Mile Road.

Price said the woman then collided with a car in the left lane, which caused her to run a red light at 10 Mile Road and drive over the curb where the city employee was working on a floodlight in the flowerpot of a flag pole.

“He was working on that, has his back to traffic, then she comes along (and) strikes him on the left side, breaking his left leg,” Price said. “After that collision, she continued on and crashed into Pegasus  (restaurant).”

Mitch Hendrix of St. Clair Shores, a graduate of the Macomb Community College Fire Academy and a certified emergency medical technician, said he saw the whole thing.

“I was following the lady for about a mile and I noticed she got out of the lane once,” he said. “Coming up upon the 10 Mile light, it’s red and she’s not slowing down, not stopping at all. She kind of veers to the left and takes off the mirror of another car.”

He said she then landed in the corner of Pegasus restaurant, which sustained little damage. Her car, however, was another story, with the entire front end smashed in.

Because of his training, Hendrix said he got out of his vehicle and rushed to stabilize the driver before emergency personnel could arrive.

“I made sure the car was off and nothing was bleeding,” he said.

He said the driver was very shook up after the incident.

“I was happy I was there to help,” he said.

The woman sustained minor injuries in the crash and was also taken to St. John Hospital. She was awaiting discharge Sept. 5. Price said the department is investigating the possibility of charges of operating while intoxicated (OWI) of narcotics, but the woman has not been charged yet.

The city is not releasing the name of the employee injured in the crash and Price said there were no damage estimates as of press time.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Kristyne E. Demske at kdemske@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1041.