Driver hospitalized after crash causes fire in Grosse Pointe Farms
Grosse Pointe Farms — A driver was hospitalized over the weekend after losing control of his vehicle and colliding with another car in a yard while speeding through a Grosse Pointe Farms neighborhood, authorities said.
The driver of an "SUV-type" vehicle was speeding through County Club Lane around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, police said. When reaching Moross, the driver collided with a vehicle, struck a utility pole and ended up in a front yard. Both vehicles caught fire, Grosse Pointe Farms police said.
The driver of the SUV was pulled from his vehicle by two off-duty police officers and civilian. He was taken to St. John's hospital, police said.
Neighbors described how the crash left a path of destruction on Moross. Tree limbs were down in some yards and parts of white picket fencing and a black metal fence were strewn across lawns.
DTE Energy officials tended to the utility pole after the crash left the street without power briefly. A large limestone rock with a Moross address was thrown about 50 feet, neighbors said.
Tim Kopacka was visiting with his son on Ridgemont Road when he said he heard a loud noise. He went to the scene and saw flames from the crash as high as 15-feet, he said.
"A bomb, it sounded like a bomb," said Kopacka, 60, of Grosse Pointe Shores. "I expected to hear screaming, or car doors, or anything. It was silent. Dead silent, and so I kept on thinking, 'Gosh, maybe I should walk over and see what that was.'
"... The car was on fire."
The crash shocked neighbors and led them to check on one another in the aftermath.
Roman Sudney, 44, was in the basement of his brother's home on Moross when he heard what he thought was an electrical power surge. When he went outside, he said he saw "scattered debris and a little bit of smoke."
Their mother, Josephine Sudney walked over to Moross from her Lakeview Avenue home and said she saw a white SUV and its "whole front end was gone."
Grosse Pointe Farms Police Department said the cause of the crash was undetermined and the investigation was turned over to Michigan State Police.
Detroit News Staff Writer Sarah Rahal contributed to this report.