February 7, 2016

Driver in single car accident reported dead

Arenac County Sheriff's Office
Consumers Energy and tow trucks work to clean up the scene of an accident Thursday morning.
Arenac County Sheriff's Office
This accident landed the driver in Hurley Medical Center in Flint and took out a Consumers Energy power pole.

STANDISH TOWNSHIP — A single-car, personal injury accident reported at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Thursday claimed the life of the driver.

According to an incident report sheet from the Arenac County Sheriff’s Office, Derek James Cleveland Rose, 24, of Standish, was allegedly traveling southbound on M-13 when he lost control of the vehicle in the accident. Next, the vehicle allegedly crossed the Northbound lane, rolled multiple times, ejecting Rose. Sheriff James Mosciski said the driver passed away in the afternoon on Thursday.

Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident, according to the incident report sheet. The accident is under investigation.

A Consumers Energy utility pole struck in the accident broke in two places, causing M-13 to be closed down by the Standish Area Fire Authority, as power lines were strewn across the highway.

“We had wires down,” said sheriff James Mosciski. “There was a loss of power. Consumers was notified and they are working on it.”

Power was out to roughly 500 customers for about nine hours.

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