Accident leaves nearly 1,000 homes powerless

January 21, 2014 • Local News

Nearly 1,000 homes were without electricity, Tuesday morning, after a 17-year-old driver rammed into a utility pole at the intersection of East Country Club Road and North Garden Avenue.

Around 12:20 a.m. residents up and down Country Club, along Garden and into the Briar Ridge subdivision saw lights flicker.

Police reported that the driver was traveling southbound on Garden when the vehicle drifted over the center [auth] line into the northbound lane. It left the roadway and struck a utility pole on the southeast corner of Country Club and Garden.

The collision caused the utility pole to snap. The vehicle continued south, on the grass until it hit a second utility pole. The vehicle came to a stop in a front yard.

Xcel Energy responded to make repairs, during which time power was cut. The power outage continued until around 4:37 a.m.

People driving along Country Club discovered the road blocked at Goddard High School and traffic detoured to Mesa Road. Garden was barricaded all the way through 23rd Street while repair crews replaced the pole.

The repairs were completed and the barricades were removed by 10 a.m.

One of the two juvenile passengers received minor injuries. A 16-year-old was treated at the scene and then taken to a local hospital.

According to the police, the contributing factors to the accident included excessive speed and driver inattention.

The juvenile driver was cited for failure to give immediate notice of accident, careless driving and accident involving personal injury. She was given an arrest citation and released to her mother’s custody.

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