Driver and boy flee after crashing pickup into Huron County medical facility


BAD AXE, MI — A man and boy fled after crashing the man crashed a pickup truck into a Huron County medical facility’s chapel, police said.

About 11:20 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, sheriff’s deputies and other police responded to the crash at the Huron County Medical Care Facility on South Van Dyke in Colfax Township.

“Apparently the two had come to the area to purchase a puppy for the child,” Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson

Deputies determined a 2008 Dodge pickup had been heading eastbound when it left the roadway, struck a gas main, then a tree and finally ended up in the building’s chapel, resting on its roof.

Deputies further learned the driver and a young child fled the scene and could not be found, said

“It was certain, though, that one or both were injured,” Hanson said. “A puppy that was likely a passenger of the vehicle as well was found possibly injured and taken by a good Samaritan.”

It was later determined the child wasn’t injured, but the 36-year-old male driver was, Hanson said.

Gas company officials almost evacuated the building, but a leak was quickly brought under control. Deputies continued to check the area and the scene was cleared, though the pickup remained in the building so experts could properly survey the damage to the building in the daylight.

Around 4 a.m., deputies learned the driver and a 5-year-old boy had made it to the boy’s mother’s residence in the Croswell area. Sanilac County Sheriff’s deputies responded but the driver once again fled on foot.

A deputy responded to that residence and learned the identity of the suspected driver. After the crash, the man went looking for a getaway vehicle, police said. He reportedly stole a second vehicle from the Misty Meadows Trailer park, a couple of miles west of the crash scene, Hanson said.

The second vehicle was later recovered and towed back to Huron County to be processed. The boy was left with his mother. The 36-year-old man will likely face felony charges.

The puppy was to get checked out by a veterinarian Friday morning and will be united with a new owner. The pickup truck was expected to be removed from the building Friday.

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