SUTTONS BAY TOWNSHIP, MI – Firearms Deer Season opened on Wednesday and Michigan State Police have been reminding drivers Don’t Veer for Deer! The driver in this accident is 16-years-old and inexperience should be taken into account.
On November 17th, 2017, at 7:25AM, the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office along with Suttons Bay/Bingham Fire and Rescue, responded to South Center Highway south of East Eckerle Road in Suttons Bay Township, on a report of a single vehicle roll over accident.
Upon arrival, emergency personnel located a 2000 silver Dodge Durango on it’s side blocking the northbound lane. The driver was identified as a 16 year old female from Suttons Bay. Fortunately, she was uninjured in the traffic crash.
An investigation showed that the Dodge was northbound on South Center Highway when a deer crossed into the roadway. The driver swerved to avoid the deer but her tires dropped off the paved portion of the roadway, traveling slightly over the embankment. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over.
Bingham Towing responded to remove the vehicle from the roadway. South Center Highway was closed to traffic until 0820hrs when the roadway was cleared.