by MITCH HARVATIN
Road rage contributed to a rollover accident on U.S.-131 south of 12 Mile Road on Friday, July 31 around 2:17 p.m., according to a Michigan State Police report.
“They threw two McDonald cups at me,” said Bruce Huntley of Grandville, driver of the vehicle that rolled. Huntley said “I couldn’t see, and that’s when I hit them.” He said that one cup hit his windshield and another cup entered his car through the sunroof, hitting him in the face. He said the driver who threw the cups also responded with a rude hand gesture.
According to the police report obtained by The Rockford Squire, Huntley was in the passing lane when we shifted off the highway, shifted back on and then struck a white Ford vehicle driven by 61-year-old Joan Starr of Florida.
“I was taking my mother home from the emergency room over in Detroit,” Starr said. “I saw him in my rear-view mirror, coming at me at a high rate of speed and it looked like he was out of control.”
Huntley was driving a blue Pontiac he bought just two months ago. It has six airbags in the SUV, none of which deployed, he said. Huntley did not receive treatment at the scene but later drove himself to the hospital with a fractured rib and bruising.
Starr and her passenger, 83-year-old Mabel Starr, was taken to Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance with minor neck injures and bruising.
Michigan State Police closed one lane of the highway while Algoma Township firefighters and Rockford Ambulance attended the scene.
Nobody was ticketed in this incident.