Truck crashes through Standish cemetery fence

Standish City Police Chief Mark Christian
Fencing and signage at the Woodmere Cemetery is scattered near the road after being struck by a truck April 7.
Standish City Police Chief Mark Christian
The truck involved in the accident shows substantial damage.

STANDISH — A NAPA Auto Parts box truck left the roadway April 7 and destroyed a row of fencing at the Woodmere Cemetery in Standish, also knocking down several signs near the cemetery.

Standish City Police Chief Mark Christian said the truck’s driver was traveling southbound on US-23, and alleged to have swerved to miss a deer and struck the fence and signage.

Christian said the driver’s name is being withheld until he can contact a manager from NAPA’s corporate office regarding the incident. The driver was issued citations for expired plates and no proof of insurance, according to Christian.

Standish City Manager Curt Hillman said the incident has been turned over to the city’s insurance company for review. He said he thinks the truck driver’s insurance company would also assist in paying to repair the damaged fencing.

“We can’t even go out and clean things up until their insurance company comes out and looks over things,” he said.

Hillman said cemetery damage was isolated to the row of fencing and some minimal tree damage.

“We didn’t notice any markers or anything that were damaged,” he said.

The accident was reported at approximately 11:30 p.m. April 7.


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