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Driver Swerves to Miss Dog, Hit Street Lights

04/12/12 Plymouth Police Officer Wally Derifield investigated a single vehicle accident last Thursday morning just before 3 A.M. on South Michigan Street.

  20 year old Michael Rodriguez of Holloway Drive in Plymouth told Officer Derifield he was traveling on South Michigan Road and at the intersection with Nursery Street a dog ran out in front of the 1991 Chevy Camaro.  Rodriguez swerved to miss the dog, causing him to cross Michigan Street and drive into the tree lawn of the east side.  The vehicle struck two city street lights and two trash containers.

Rodriguez’s vehicle was towed from the scene by Lyons Towing due to the damage it sustained.

  No injuries were reported and damages were estimated to be between $1,000 and $2,500

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2 Responses to “ Driver Swerves to Miss Dog, Hit Street Lights ”

  1. Andrew on April 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Speed also occurred to me in this — until I looked up the statistics for what the stopping distance is for a 35MPG car — the legal limit there. It is 45 feet. From the pictures this looks about right, although hitting a curve and lights would certainly take inertia away from that.

  2. CommonCents on April 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Any charges filed? This story just don’t sound right. What is a 20-yr-old is doing out at 3 am? (Getting off work? Coming home after a night on the town?) Who swerves from the east side of the road all the way across the west lane, off the road, over a curb, over 3 property’s garbages cans, over two street lights before coming to a stop on the curb? Could speed have been a factor? It would appear so. Was a breathalizer administered? Could the kid have just fallen asleep? No one keeps driving and running over that much stuff without being asleep or impaired or going far too fast. And how many loose dogs have you seen running around Plymouth? Anyone have any input?