Elderly Woman "Pinballs" Down Center Street In Douglas Smashing Five Vehicles
An elderly woman lost control of her black Mercedes mini-van Friday morning, crashing into five separate vehicles while pinballing down Center Street in Douglas.
The woman, whose name has not yet been released by authorities pending notification to relatives, was taken by an AMR ambulance to Holland Hospital for treatment. A man who was in one of the cars struck by the woman was treated and released at the scene.
The mishap began Friday morning when the woman turned onto Center Street from Blue Star Highway and encountered a vehicle pulling out of DeMond’s parking lot, according to witnesses. People on the scene who watched the unusual accident unfold said the woman then began swerving erratically from one side of the street to the other, sideswiping cars parked on either side of the street until finally crashing into two parked vehicles just in front of the Center Stage hair salon.
The woman’s air bag deployed in the crash. One witness said the woman appeared very disoriented when emergency responders pulled her from her vehicle. Debris from the various crashes was spread all along the street.
“She was just coming down Center Street going from one side of the street to the other banging cars as she went along,” said one eyewitness to the incident. “It’s just lucky she crashed into those two cars at the end of the street otherwise she was heading for the river.”
Saugatuck Township Fire Chief Greg Janik and his team of fire department emergency responders were quickly on the scene to aid those injured. Police, whose headquarters is on Center Street, also were immediately on the scene. A full report of the accident was being prepared by the police.