Kzoo Co. resident: ‘Not the first time’ home hit by vehicle

Comstock Township home hit
Tire tracks show where a pickup truck hit a home on River Street in Comstock Township. (May 24, 2017)

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 53-year-old man was taken to the hospital after his pickup truck hit a home near Kalamazoo.

It happened around 4 a.m. where Abbey Street ends at River Street in Comstock Township, east of Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Pauli Matyas said the driver went through the intersection, hitting a parked car, gas meter and house.

A man who lives there told 24 Hour News 8 it’s not the first time a vehicle has hit the home, which sits across the roadway from where Abbey Street ends.

A vehicle is parked outside a Comstock Township home that was reportedly hit by a vehicle. (May 24, 2017)

“People come down Abbey Street here all the time. Sometimes they lose their brakes, in this case I think the guy was drunk. And judging by the tire tracks, I don’t think he even had a chance to hit the brakes,” the resident said.

That suspicion was confirmed by Matyas Wednesday morning. He said alcohol appeared to be a factor in the crash.

He said the man’s pickup truck hit the house so hard, the vehicle was bent inwards into a U-shape.

“I saw them load him into the ambulance. They put a neck brace on him and that was the last I saw of him,” he added.

Matyas said the driver’s injuries were minor.

Crews patched the hole in the home and Consumers Energy capped the gas leak caused by the crash early Wednesday morning. However, that was just the start to necessary repairs.

“The water line is broken, the basement’s flooded, a quarter of the foundation is gone, so the house is beginning to settle and shift. I’ve got cracked drywall, things have been knocked down off the walls,” he said. “Gas and water, that’s the bulk of the problem.”

And he’s not the only resident who’s had to deal with damages caused by such crashes.

“The last time this happened there were no cars in the driveway and the guy came through Abbey Street and drove right through the neighbor’s garage,” he recounted.