FAIRFIELD — A man who was reportedly speeding on Highway 12 Monday smashed into a light pole while avoiding traffic at a stoplight.
The 41-year-old was eventually taken by air ambulance to a trauma center because of reported head injuries.
According to police, the driver of the Volkswagon hatchback was driving westbound on Highway 12 at around 65 mph just before 2:30 p.m. when he approached the Pennsylvania Avenue stoplight.
As he approached, he entered the turn lane to avoid the vehicles stopped at the light, said Fairfield Police Officer Bill White. His rate of speed was still too high to turn and he hit the street light head on, White said.
The vehicle was heavily damaged and came to rest facing the opposite direction. The impact also severely damaged the pole, knocking the elevated light to the ground. Fire crews had to use extrication tools to remove the driver.
Patricia Lee was on Pennsylvania Avenue, waiting to turn left onto Highway 12. When she looked up, the hatchback was barreling toward her. She said the impact of the collision sent debris over her vehicle.
“Stuff was flying all over the car. The debris went all the way over there. If he would have missed that pole, I would have been hurt,” Lee said. “Every time I pass that pole, I’ll remember it. I’m very grateful to that pole.”
White said the driver was responsive and there was no obvious signs of impairment.
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