By Charles Sercombe
A Detroit driver who ran a red light recently and crashed into a police car and then a building was seeking to flee the scene.
In a follow-up to The Review’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for an incident report about the May 11 accident, the report has several references to the driver appearing to want to flee.
After striking the police car in the intersection of Jos. Campau and Caniff, the 19-year-old Detroit driver then smashed into the Surma Bazar market on Jos. Campau.
The police report released to The Review redacted all names of those involved in the accident.
The city said it blocked out the names of those involved because the accident investigation is ongoing. Police Chief Anne Moise told The Review that the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office is considering whether to charge the driver with a crime.
The city initially denied The Review’s FOIA request because the investigation is ongoing, but released the redacted report after the newspaper submitted an appeal.
Hamtramck resident Maggie Srodek, who was a witness to the accident, told The Review that the driver looked like he was about to run away after he got out of his car.
The report said no alcohol or drugs were involved, but the report also said that the department did not test for those substances, or in the wording of the report, those tests were “not offered.”
The driver allegedly ran a red light while traveling at a high speed northbound on Jos. Campau at Caniff.
There were no serious injuries.
The incident report said the 19-year-old driver was “detained by a Detroit police officer due to attempting to leave the scene of the accident.”
But the report also leaves some wiggle room for the suspect’s perceived attempt to flee.
The report said the driver “appeared to be disoriented from the traffic crash and was unable to state what happened during the incident.”
Nevertheless, the suspect was issued a ticket for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, running a red light, and having no insurance.
Posted June 26, 2020
Below is the redacted accident report: