Driver in single car accident reported dead


STANDISH TOWNSHIP — A single-car, personal injury accident reported at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Thursday claimed the life of the driver.

According to an incident report sheet from the Arenac County Sheriff’s Office, Derek James Cleveland Rose, 24, of Standish, was allegedly traveling southbound on M-13 when he lost control of the vehicle in the accident. Next, the vehicle allegedly crossed the Northbound lane, rolled multiple times, ejecting Rose. Sheriff James Mosciski said the driver passed away in the afternoon on Thursday.

Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident, according to the incident report sheet. The accident is under investigation.

A Consumers Energy utility pole struck in the accident broke in two places, causing M-13 to be closed down by the Standish Area Fire Authority, as power lines were strewn across the highway.

“We had wires down,” said sheriff James Mosciski. “There was a loss of power. Consumers was notified and they are working on it.”

Power was out to roughly 500 customers for about nine hours.


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I may not be a reporter, but I could have a written a better article on this accident. The fact that a very young man of 24 lost his life is overshadowed by a damaged yard, a broken flowerpot and a utility pole being taken down so that 500 people lost electricity for 9hrs. How about the fact that a young man lost his life and that his family has lost him forever :( This could have been structured different mentioning all that happened but not emphasizing on the loss of a utilty pole and electric service; oh and the flower pot!. Oh and btw I am related to the young man who died, and this is a pitiful article for his mother father and sister to read, and the many family members that I know will notice the same thing.

Friday, September 18, 2009 | Report this

I am with Terry on this one...

Although we all know how inconvenient and frustrating it is to be without power for any amount of time, the affected residents will likely forget about their power outage in a short period of time.

For those of us affected by the loss of Derek we will never forget the events of Thursday morning. He was an extremely bright and vibrant presence in our lives. He was kind, bright, loving and so much fun to be with. He was caring for his father who is dying of cancer. He was his sisters best friend and his mothers biggest fan. We are all lucky that he was a part of our lives and we have so many wonderful memories of him.

That might have been a nicer way to explain the events that led to the power outage thursday. A little sensitivity goes a long way in a very difficult situation such as this.

Friday, September 18, 2009 | Report this

There is hardly much more to say after the previous 2 comments. Except for those boo hooing about the inconvenience of the power loss. I wish we (Dereks family), just had to wait a few hours then flip a switch and have him back. It just doesn't work that way! He's gone forever and hearts are broke over this. So the insenitve reporter that wrote this story, needs to look into the families faces and get a lesson in senitivity!!

He was a wonderful young man that brought so much happiness to his friends and family.

Let's not forget that.

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