2017-08-10 / News

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK ON M-55

Michigan State Police troopers from the Houghton Lake Post responded to an accident Aug. 5 in which a car struck a pedestrian on M-55. The incident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. in Roscommon Township. The first trooper to respond found multiple vehicles stopped on M-55 and an injured man lying face down in the road. The trooper summoned additional troopers and immediately rendered first aid. Preliminary investigation revealed a 53-year-old Redford man was walking in the roadway and was struck by a vehicle driven by a 27-year-old Lansing womam. Witnesses and other drivers reported the pedestrian walking on the sidewalk and then running into the road to stand near the center line with his thumb up. They reported he then jumped into the moving traffic with his thumb out. One vehicle was able to avoid contact with the man, but the second vehicle was not able to avoid striking him as he jumped into the regularly travelled portion of the roadway from the center line. Houghton Lake EMS and Roscommon Township firefighters assisted troopers at the scene. The injured man was transported to West Branch Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released the next day. Alcohol was not a factor in the driver’s response to the inci­dent. However, the incident, the pedestrian’s state of mind and his ac­tions remain under investigation. (Photo by Alison Wieck)

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