Detroit driver crashes into business


The owner of the Davison Fish Market in Detroit says a driver caused significant damage, destroying the entire facade of their building after losing control. Worse still, according to police, the unidentified driver took off after the crash.

It was all caught on surveillance video, the driver of a car driving down 7 Mile early this morning and losing control after hitting a patch of ice, flipped over and slammed into the fish market at 7 Mile and Hull .

When watching the slow-motion footage, the driver is clearly unable to stop, crossing an ice-covered section of road and driving straight into the building.

The shop owner’s son, Ali Al-Zokari, said the accident was caused by a combination of factors, including the driver speeding nearly 60mph and the fact that a water main broke at proximity had left the road covered in ice. He says he is grateful to have insurance.

The City of Detroit said in a statement, “The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) prioritizes water main breaks based on severity, with the most serious cases being residents without water service. In this case, on 7 Mile Road, the water main break is contained in the right lane and the nearby sump is taking water until a crew is available to complete the repair. As this water main break is located on a main road, it will be prioritized in the repair schedule for the next 24 hours.

Neither the Detroit police nor the DWSD say the ruptured water main was responsible for the accident. Not much comfort for Ali who had to clean up what he thinks could have been avoided.

No one was injured in the accident. The City reminds motorists to slow down and choose alternate routes in the event of a water main break.

This story was originally posted by WXYZ’s Simon Shaykhet in Detroit.


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