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Truck driver who hit Clarkston building charged

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
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Authorities have charged the truck driver whose vehicle ran into a building last Friday, officials said.

Robert Eckola, 52, of Oxford, was formally charged in court with reckless driving, they said. A judge set his bond $2,000 and scheduled his next court appearance for May 17.

If convicted of the misdemeanor charge, he faces 93 days in jail.

A truck driver crashed his rig into a building April 20 after hitting several other vehicles in the area of Waldon and M-15 in Clarkston.

Police said Eckola was driving a 2011 Volvo tractor with two dirt-filled trailers on northbound Main in Clarkston at about 1:17 p.m. April 20 when he struck a Chevy Trailblazer and a Buick, then crashed into the Clarkston Village Dental Office.

Witnesses told investigators the driver appeared to run a red light at Main Street and Waldon Road "then went left of center to avoid a collision with traffic that had the green traffic signal," sheriff's officials said in a statement.

The drivers of the cars and one passenger reported minor injuries. Eckola sustained minor injuries and refused to be transported to a hospital.

He was cited for disregarding a traffic signal and released at the scene, county authorities said.

The building is home to five apartment units and a dentist office near the rear basement.

cramirez@detroitnews.com