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Posted on Wed, May 15, 2013 : 4:38 p.m.

Vehicle mows down pedestrian crossing sign in downtown Ann Arbor

By Kyle Feldscher


A crossing sign was damaged after it was knocked to the ground by a vehicle making a right turn from Huron Street to Main Street Wednesday. The vehicle tracks are visible in the left of the photo.

Kyle Feldscher |

A driver took a right turn from East Huron Street onto North Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor a little too sharply Wednesday and knocked over the pedestrian crossing light.


The tire tracks are visible near the fallen crossing sign at East Huron and North Main streets.

Kyle Feldscher |

The crash occurred about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday at the corner of East Huron Street and North Main Street. Tire tracks left on the sidewalk showed a driver going west on East Huron cut the corner between the two roadways and clipped the crossing sign’s pole.

The pole fell to the ground and lay damaged on the ground outside of the Washtenaw County Trial Court. The tire tracks continued onto northbound North Main Street.

An Ann Arbor Police Department squad car was parked on North Main Street near the fallen sign Wednesday afternoon. A police official who spoke to was not sure if the incident was a hit-and-run crash.

There were no other vehicles parked near the crash at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. No description of the vehicle that hit the crossing sign was available.

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Fri, May 17, 2013 : 2:34 a.m.

These are the kinds of articles that by default become my "bathroom reading material" and have about as much useful information as the back of my Pantene bottle...

Amy Biolchini

Thu, May 16, 2013 : 4:08 p.m.

Three hours after this happened, I walked by this sign on my way to a meeting. The crossing sign appeared to be completely fixed and was fully functional. Save for the tire marks on the sidewalk, there was no indication there had been an accident. Crazy.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 2:04 p.m.

I wonder if the driver was on their way home from an early happy hour?? Geez.

Dirty Mouth

Thu, May 16, 2013 : 1:27 p.m.

These types of accidents will only increase as the downtown infrastructure fails to keep pace with the out of control building boom. As the quality of life diminishes in our city, more citizens will be put in greater peril because City Council is failed us. Twenty years ago, I would have felt very comfortable riding my bike downtown, those days are gone.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 1:42 p.m.

wow. just, wow. take a chill pill, dood.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 1 p.m.

"...a LITTLE too sharply...?" Looks to me like some speed was involved to completely take out a sign like that. "The police are not sure if it's a hit and run," yet the sign was hit, demolished and driver took off. That seems to qualify for the definition of a "hit and run." What's not to be sure about?

you can't handle the truth

Thu, May 16, 2013 : 12:56 p.m.

Comes as no shock if you have ever seen one of the many dinged up Hondas or Toyotas trying to parallel park in town.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 12:55 p.m.

I read the first four words "Vehicle mows down pedestrian" and thought this was a completely different story. Still newsworthy though that the driver did not report it.

David Frye

Thu, May 16, 2013 : 11:08 a.m.

The headline proves the usefulness of hyphens. Consider the difference: "Vehicle mows down pedestrian-crossing sign in downtown Ann Arbor" "Vehicle mows down pedestrian crossing sign in downtown Ann Arbor" One is about a vehicle hitting a street sign; the other, about crashing into some poor pedestrian who is, somehow and for some reason, trying to cross a sign. "Truck hits 'Don't Walk' sign" -- that would also work; shorter, clearer, too.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 12:01 p.m.

Hyphens? We don't need not stinking hyphens!


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 10:42 a.m.

Sorry, Bush is so yesterday. Synder is at fault.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 10:41 a.m.

Seems a little sensational for a news headline. Probably was a semi turning and clipped it. No one hurt. Put back up, Let's cover real news. Adding the word "pedestrian" was the sensational part. It was a sign pole.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 4:37 a.m.

I completely read the title of this article wrong. "Vehicle mows down pedestrian IN crossing sign.." Glad it was just a sign and not a person!


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 4:05 a.m.

It's Bush's fault!


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 3:33 a.m.

Don't bother putting that sign back, as soon as they start building 413 E. Huron there will be 40 gravel trains a day cutting that corner everyday for weeks. Then the cement trucks. Then the crane riggers. Then the steel haulers. Then the prefabricated concrete panel flatbeds. But I am sure this will have no effect on the quality of the roads in the area. Remember, stand well back from the corners in this town.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 1:35 p.m.

Good advice on your last line. I often times stand right on the very edge of the sidewalk but I'm going to stop doing that because my life is not worth crossing the street .5 seconds faster


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 2:54 a.m.

Has anyone noticed that this happened by the Courthouse? I mean, where were all the attorneys standing in line to defend this driver? How often does a crime happen right at their doorstep?


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 2:45 a.m.

Good thing no one waiting to cross was injured, or hit by the falling sign.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 2:19 a.m.

That corner is way to restrictive for semis to turn. The fire hydrant that was there has been hit at least 6 times. Even pulling into the left lane and trying to turn right (north) onto Main St requires either going into the oncoming (southbound) left turn lane or going over the sidewalk (with no curb now). Many intersections in Ann Arbor have been redesigned this way. I do not know why AA thinks this helps but it appears to be the city planners goal.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 2:13 p.m.

Maybe we should put in a roundabout.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 2:36 a.m.

Semis are evil. We should use oxcarts to deliver merchandise to Ann Arbor businesses. I propose a new ordinance.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 1:45 a.m.

That's doing more than just turning "a little too sharply"... Notice that's right there at the courthouse, too...


Fri, May 17, 2013 : 2:29 a.m.

Actually no but I have driven a 26 foot delivery truck for lengthy periods of time. In areas with sharp turns. If it was a tractor trailer I'm sure his employer is pretty peeved right now at the damage to his hauler...


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 1:47 a.m.

You've driven a tractor trailer, I assume?


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 1:44 a.m.

Could we send the driver over to Platt just south of Washtenaw and have him or her mow down the new, flashing "Your Speed" sign that cropped up last week? That stretch of road is 35 mph but this sign - which isn't a legal traffic control device - starts flashing when a driver exceeds 25 mph - 10 miles BELOW the posted speed limit for Platt. Why this thing isn't considered a nuisance, I don't know, but it's distracting and dangerous, and should be removed immediately.

Bryan Ellinger

Mon, May 20, 2013 : 11:56 p.m.

Yup, YpsiLivin, true that.


Fri, May 17, 2013 : 10:01 p.m.

Bryan, "...Platt just south of Washtenaw..." Lorraine is somewhat more than "just south" of Washtenaw.

Bryan Ellinger

Fri, May 17, 2013 : 3:16 a.m.

The school zone south of Packard is also south of Washtenaw, so you can see how one might arrive at the conclusion that you were referring to the school zone south of Packard.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 11:04 p.m.

Bryan, The posted speed limit on Platt is 35 at all times. There is a legitimate school zone on Platt south of Packard. The area I'm referring to is Platt south of Washtenaw, adjacent to the county recreation building. The flashing sign is NOT a speed limit sign. The area is NOT marked as a school zone. Genuine school zones have signs that say SCHOOL ZONE and the signs conform to the regulations in the Michigan Manual of Traffic Control Devices, including the times when a lower speed limit is in effect. This little circus doesn't even come close.

Bryan Ellinger

Thu, May 16, 2013 : 6:15 p.m.

The posted limit is 25mph at school times. So drive under 25 when school is letting in or out.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 11:35 a.m.

nunya, No. This is NOT a legal traffic control device. It simply references "your speed" and starts flashing when a driver passes it going more than 25 miles per hour. The posted speed limit on Platt at that point is 35 miles per hour. The sign is a nuisance and should be removed.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 3:09 a.m.

Is it possible it is dropping to 25 MPH during certain hours for school crossings? The sign you describe is like those in other locations where this is the case.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 1:19 a.m.

The headline should be changed to something along the lines of "Semi takes turn too closely, driver unaware he took out signal pole". Geesh.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 1:42 a.m.

That's exactly what it probably was. Look at the tire tracks, looks like dual wheels to me. Good observation nonyo!


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 12:47 a.m.


Martha Cojelona Gratis

Wed, May 15, 2013 : 11:40 p.m.

how could a driver want to drive far east so haphazardly that they can't even pay attention to a simple curb?

Have to ask why

Wed, May 15, 2013 : 10:18 p.m.

One can see by the tire marks on the ground the so called skids are double wheels and you can see both sides, right left side of axle. So a semi had a hard time making the corner and "mowed" down the sign post. Really, this is news?

Ann Dwyer

Thu, May 16, 2013 : 4:32 p.m.

I once had a lady push me (gently) from a street corner saying that she had seen a bus drive up on the curb and almost hit someone. I've seen it, and now I stay a safe distance back.

Bertha Venation

Thu, May 16, 2013 : 1:33 p.m.

It's da yuuts, yer 'onor!


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 12:22 a.m.

You could have testified in "My Cousin Vinny"!


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 10:38 p.m.

Yeah, you might have it, was just a semi truck driven by another low experience truck driver --but has a clean driving record to please the insurance companies..

Usual Suspect

Wed, May 15, 2013 : 9:17 p.m.

If it was one of the signs that SAES had painted, I say we reward the driver.

Usual Suspect

Wed, May 15, 2013 : 9:15 p.m.

Somebody was driving a lawn mower downtown?


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 9:15 p.m.

What brand mower are we talking?


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 9:12 p.m.

Was the bike sign on that light pole knocked over too?

Homeland Conspiracy

Thu, May 16, 2013 : 2:05 a.m.

If they did as the sign says they would be riding upside down

John of Saline

Thu, May 16, 2013 : 2 a.m.

Does it matter? Cyclists following signs is the exception.

Nicholas Urfe

Wed, May 15, 2013 : 9:11 p.m.

Typical oblivious car driver.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 1:40 p.m.

It was clearly a large truck, not a car.

Mr. Me

Wed, May 15, 2013 : 9:11 p.m.

Most of the drivers in this town don't respect road signs anyway, but this is taking it to another level!


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 10:27 a.m.

Just like bicycle riders...


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 9:05 p.m.

Wonder if there will be a wave of copycats.


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 9:05 p.m.

Hopefully they figure out who did it and charge them not only with reckless driving, but also make him pay for the sign replacement.


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 10:42 p.m.

No way, lets have all the facts first. We don't know what even hit it. Maybe it was a semi truck--if so, that sure wasn't reckless--maybe careless. Maybe it was a drunk in a big old car..that still isn't reckless but drunk driving.


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 8:44 p.m.

If a "Don't Walk" sign falls on a busy street and nobody notices, does it make a sound?


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 9:01 p.m.

It does when a car drives on the sidewalk and knocks it over.