City truck hits fence, driver leaves scene

A witness took these photos after a pickup truck belonging to the City of Wyoming crashed into a fence. The driver drove away after the crash. (April 20, 2015)

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Wyoming police are investigating an incident in which a City of Wyoming vehicle hit a fence and driver then left the scene.

The crash happened around 6 p.m. Monday on Marquette Street near Burlingame Avenue SW.

Witnesses said the city pickup truck veered off Marquette and over the curb, then drove several yards over the grass, where tire tracks were still visible Tuesday. The truck then struck a fence, knocking part of it down.

Matt Sinkovich was with a friend at a nearby auto shop getting an estimate for repairs on the friend’s car when they noticed the truck leave the road.

“At first he hopped the curb. I thought, ‘What’s this guy doing?'” Sinkovich recalled. “We watched him slowly come crawl up across the curb. He kept going and drove right through the fence.”

He said the driver wasn’t going much faster than 5 mph, but that he never braked before hitting the fence.

“At first we thought maybe he had a stroke or a heart attack,” he said.

The men rushed over.

“When we came up, he was sitting hunched over in his truck,” Sinkovich said. “We opened the door and asked if he was OK. And he said, ‘Yeah, everything is fine.’ And said, ‘No, everything is not fine. You just drove through the fence.’ And he didn’t really seem to know what happened.”

Sinkovich said that’s when the driver then quickly hit the gas and took off, driving over the fence.

Wednesday, 24 Hour News 8 reached out to City Manager Curtis Holt. Erin Nemastil, communication specialist for the City of Wyoming, responded that the city is not allowed to discuss personnel matters due to privacy rules and the fact that the incident is under investigation by the Wyoming Police Department.

A Wyoming city spokesperson would not say what the employee’s job is or whether he is still on the job.

Other cities routinely provide the media and public with basic information about the status of public employees under investigation for their actions while on the job. However, Wyoming officials say they will not provide this information to the public.

There is a city park down the street, and 24 Hour News 8 was told city workers use Marquette to drive there.

Police will not say whether drugs or alcohol are a factor. As of Tuesday evening, detectives had not yet talked to the driver.

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