Saline Police are looking for a motorist who whose vehicle skidded across Michigan Avenue and knocked down a utility pole Friday morning.
The crash happened shortly before 8:20 a.m. in front of Huntington Bank and Saline Inn on East Michigan Avenue near Keveling Drive. A white pickup truck was westbound on Michigan Avenue when it crossed center, went across at least three lanes of traffic and struck the utility pole, which fell to the ground.
“It’s unfortunate that the driver hit the poll, but he was 20 feet away from a bank and there could have been oncoming traffic. The result could have been more severe,” Saline Police Chief Jerrod Hart said.
Surveillance video from a local business shows Michigan Avenue traffic slowing down, presumably because of the crash, at 8:18 a.m. A moment later, the video shows a man, wearing rolled up jeans and what appears to be a construction company jacket, walking around the Saline Inn and through the parking lot. The man ran south to the house west of Washtenaw Glass on Bemis Road and disappeared between the house and garage, heading behind the condos on Old Creek Drive.
Police arrived and checked the vehicle for occupants before fanning out to try and find the man.
The falling snow made it difficult to track his path.
“The snow covered up the footprints. We’re not sure where he went. We’re not sure if he continued on foot or if he called someone for a ride,” Chief Hart said.
Police searched the area but could not locate the man.
Police are attempting to contact the owner of the vehicle in hopes of identifying the motorist.
“We want to make sure he’s OK. Yes, leaving the scene of the crash is a crime. But it’s more important that we make sure he’s OK. He put a pretty big hit on that pole,” Hart said.
There were no signs in the vehicle that the man suffered a severe injury, Hart said.
Police aren’t sure what caused the vehicle. But, as Chief Hart noted, the roads were slippery.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 734-429-7911.