Car crashes in front of repair shop

Sunday Times Newspapers

SOUTHGATE – Investigators determined that speed was – at least – one factor in a single-car crash Tuesday morning that damaged a tow truck and sign belonging to an auto repair business.

Public Safety Director Thomas Coombs said a motorist was traveling north on Dix when witnesses said it suddenly accelerated as it approached North Line Road about 3 a.m.

“The driver lost control,” Coombs said.

The car partially flipped in the air after striking a landscaping barrier, and landed in front of Motor City Auto Care, 12923 Dix.

“The front end landed on the ground, the rest on a tow truck,” Coombs said. The crash damaged two of the business vehicles and its front sign.

The driver, a 30-year-old Southgate man, was transported to a nearby hospital and treated for undisclosed injuries. Coombs said no one else was in the vehicle or injured.

“It appears that speed was a factor in the crash,” Coombs said.

It had not yet been determined if alcohol also contributed to the accident. The investigation continues and charges against the driver remained pending crash reconstruction reports.

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