Cigarette distraction causes car crash in Fraser, police say

Police say driver looking for smoke ran red light, struck SUV


FRASER, Mich. – It all started with a driver looking for a cigarette.

Fraser police said that action set off a chain of events that led to a crash in which two people had to be extracted from a sports utility vehicle.

Police said a driver looking down for a cigarette went through a red light Monday afternoon while traveling west on 15 Mile Road at Garfield Road.

That car hit the side of a sports utility vehicle traveling south on Garfield Road. The SUV flipped, landing on its roof. The Jaws of Life were needed to get two people out of the SUV.

A man who was removed suffered a large cut to his forehead. A female passenger had a serious knee injury.

Police stopped the driver of the car that hit them. He was not injured.

He was arrested for driving with a suspended license causing serious injury.